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My Heart Is Full

27 Sep

My heart is full. My hands and mind are busy these days, but my heart is full. I am finally taking a moment in the frenzy to blog about one of my favorite doctors in life; Dr. Appel.

When I first met Dr. Appel I was worried because he looked so YOUNG. He came highly recommended by my breast cancer surgeon Dr. Evans and after I was with him for ten minutes, I knew he was the surgeon for me. He has such a calming spirit and he is so professional and so careful. I was diagnosed and reconstructed in mid to late 2011 and over the years Dr. Appel and I have seen each other many times. “Dr. Appel, I have a hole in my seam”…”Dr. Appel, I have a stitch popping thru my incision” ….”Dr. Appel, my expanders hurt”….”Dr. Appel, it’s time for my one year exam” ….”Dr. Appel, I am in Jamaica and my breast is turning purple”….”Dr. Appel, I found a lump”….”Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel!!! “

I am convinced by now that he would like to change his name and his phone number so he could stop hearing me say “Dr. Appel…..” I often tell people he is the most intuitive man I have ever met in my entire life and I recommend him to everyone I know facing this step in a breast cancer diagnosis. What surgeon gives you his cell phone number and encourages you to call with any problems or questions? Dr. Appel. What surgeon helps you while you are in another country on vacation and your breast is turning purple? Dr. Appel. What surgeon has put us back together after our cancer has been removed? Dr. Appel. What surgeon does this in a calm and professional manner putting up with more “moments” of mine than I can count? Dr. Appel.

I am so very thankful to have him in my life and have him on my cancer team. He has taken care of so many of my friends and co-survivors and everyone that I know feels about him like I do. Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel, Dr. Appel….where in the world would we all be at this point without you?

Thank you for always supporting me, for encouraging me, and for fixing me…you are putting back together what cancer tried to destroy – and you, Dr. Appel, are a very special and talented surgeon/artist so it’s fitting that you are with us this Saturday night at the Silhouette of a Woman art show at Queens University Sports Complex (NOT on the main campus) 2229 Tyvola Road….words cannot describe all that you have done for us. Besides being with us Saturday night, to have you be an event sponsor for this event, to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society, makes my heart full.

We are thankful for you and we adore you!

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Artist Highlight #25

27 Sep

Good afternoon everyone, I am excited to highlight another artist for our art show in Charlotte NC being held on October 3, 2015 from 7-10 pm. It is being held at the Sport Complex for Queens University (NOT at the main QU campus). The address is 2229 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte. We are looking forward to this event! More details to come. Watch this blog and facebook for more info. Follow us on #PrimaxPinkWarriors and on twitter @LauraRenegarPPW.


Mike Clark

 Mike Clark is a tattooist at Skin Art by Randy in Gastonia N.C. He has been tattooing since 2009.

He has always drawn and painted for as long as he remembers after first seeing his mother draw cartoon characters when he was around 5 or 6 years old and became fascinated. Art became an obsession always trying to recreate what he saw. He now focuses on tattooing and painting and has been in various art shows with the Gaston County Art Guild. Mainly painting portraits and birds and also has a fascination with graffiti, religious art and dark art as well. He’s worked with many different mediums but acrylic paint and pen and ink is his favorite. He is quick to donate his creations to be auctioned off for a good cause. Although mainly self taught he is constantly looking for inspiration from nature, architecture and the people around him. Art to him is more than just art it’s his way of life.

Clark (1) Clark (2) Clark (3) Clark 4


New Clinical Trial for Stage II and III Breast Cancer Research

26 Sep

A 10 million dollar grant is funding this trial…my eyes will be watching this trial. Check out these details!

Dana Farber Clinical Trial

Artist Highlight #24

26 Sep

Here is another cool artist highlight for our Silhouette of a Woman being held at Queens University Sports Complex. Their sports complex is NOT at their main campus. The address is 2229 Tyvola Road, it is near the intersection of Tyvola and Park Road!  October 3, 2015…7-10 pm.

Vikki Bradley O’Keefe

 I have always dabbled in some form of art since I was a young child.  Growing up in sunny Miami, FL, I was heavily influenced by my mother and father, who were both artists, so I consider Art is in my blood!  I currently live in Charlotte, NC with my husband, Mike, our son Chance (6) and our several fur, feather, and scale babies.  I am heavily involved with the Charlotte Art League in South End Charlotte as their book keeper, membership chair, art camp co-founder, and avid volunteer. I love being surrounded by art and amazing artists and this is what keeps me striving to grow artistically.

I am constantly exploring new mediums and designs as I cannot stick to one style or “look”.  I have embraced my diversity keeping my art fresh and new.  I work in many mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolor, photography, mosaic, pen/ink, fabric, and graphic design.  I have a BS in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh but my passion is in fine arts and crafts rather than digital.

Most recently I have become obsessed with poppy art.  I have created many pieces in many mediums and really enjoy the beauty of this flower.  I am calling my poppy art, Poppy Chance, and sell it at the Charlotte Art League, Etsy and my Facebook page.  I will have many various pieces of poppy art for sale including poppy tie dyes at this wonderful event and look forward to seeing you there.

Vikki (1) Vikki (2) Vikki (3) Vikki (4)

Artist Highlight #23

25 Sep

I am highlighting another artist for our art show on October 3, 2015. It will be here before you know it – I hope you will be attending. Lots of details to come – until then…enjoy our artists!

Holly Patton

 I was born and raised in Charlotte, studied art at Converse College and received a degree in Interior Design from Florida State. After retiring from a career in design, I have been fortunate enough to spend the last few years studying oil painting at Braitman Studio. And as our city has grown, so has the diversity of the arts, and I am so grateful for opportunities to work and display in a community that is so supportive of the local artists.
Holly (1) Holly (2) Holly (3) Holly (4)


TV Commercial Highlight

24 Sep

I am always proud to be part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer family. We were asked to be part of this commercial for the Making Strides walk with Allison Latos as our emcee this year. She is a precious girl and I am excited to have her be part of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides campaign and 2015 walk.

Check out our latest tv highlight!

Making Strides Commercial

Thank you Making Strides and American Cancer Society for all you do for all of us!


Artist Highlight #22

24 Sep

I am excited to highlight another artist for our art show on October 3, 2015 at Queens University Sports Complex. Lots of fun, local art, live music all for a great cause! More details to follow!


Peter Contre background information

Where I’ve been

 I was born in 1960 and raised in the northwest corner of Rhode Island in a small village called Pascoag, where there are woods and fields and nice folks: and my mom’s painting. I graduated from Burrillville High School in 1978. I went to Rhode Island College uncertain about the direction my life would take, but sure that I needed to draw and paint. At the end of my third year I left coll3ege and immersed myself in a two year volunteer program working with adolescent youth. After two wonderful years I romped across the country for three months, and returned to college to graduate in 1986 with a degree in History.

After graduating I spent four years in New Hampshire working in group homes, factories, and at a college, and going every possible weekend to hike and draw in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My art became a tool that enabled me to express myself and a vehicle through which the people I worked with could tell me about themselves.

In 1990, I was accepted as a candidate to seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, where I found a long sought after well-spring of self-reflection. I completed the program but did not feel drawn to ordination. I returned to RI working at Providence College in the residence halls and filled my hours with drawing and volunteer work. I left the college to become the director of volunteers at a local suicide hotline where my hours coordinating and manning the phones was complimented by hours of doodling and drawing.

In 1998, I had a two month adventure in Africa working at an ostrich farm, and retuned to have my first art show at the Grey Gallery in Woonsocket, RI. It was a small show that stretched my abilities, and made me realize that through all the events of my life there has been two constants: my family and my drawing.

Since 2000, with an eye for a steady income, I found employment with a company that maintains real estate properties. I have made time to hike the 2175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in two long stints. I have created a reasonable portfolio that describes the breadth of my artistic abilities. And I have become a professional member of the Charlotte Art League.

Where I am

I continue to work full time for CBRE and spend hours in the studio of my home with water colors, pencils, acrylics, ink, wood carving, and moving art. I love mobiles. I want more and more to be a full time artist and illustrator and am always looking for opportunities to show my work, give my work away so that more people will see it, and search for vehicles by which I can display work.

Where I hope to go

More than anything I hope to become a sought after illustrator; and an artist who is prolific in his creation of illustration, moving art and paintings. I would like to have an annual show where my work can be viewed and purchased. And I would like to have an active home studio where prospective buyers can visit and discuss commissioned pieces of art.


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