• Aud’rey Riley

Art with a heart


PHOTO COURTESY AUD’REY RILEY

Morgan and his mom shown here a few months before his passing from adolescent cancer. Morgan’s DNA is being used for research into the disease by the Jewish General Hospital.

The ‘Art by the Water Exhibit and Sale’ will be held at the charming and historic Beaconsfield Yacht Club April 26 with a delightful vernissage from 6 to 9 p.m. and over the weekend of April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is not just another art show, it has ‘heart’ and the visitors are touched by both Morgan’s story and the work the artists put into the exhibit to make it a welcoming event. The setup is unique and different.

Morgan was a remarkable young man who was diagnosed with adolescent colon cancer at the age of 19 and sadly passed away two years later after going through chosen painful experimental treatments. He refused to give up hope and decided to set up a fund to raise money for much-needed research; hence he created ‘The Morgan’s Hope Fund’ with his own small savings.

Knowing his disease was terminal, he was still determined to help other young cancer patients so that they might have a chance for the future with more funding for further research. With increased research, there is hope for a cure.

Morgan’s DNA is being used for research at The Jewish General Hospital by Dr. W. Foulkes and his research team. The Morgan’s Hope Fund comes under the umbrella of The Foundation of Greater Montreal. Unfortunately cancer touches us all, we all know someone affected by this horrific disease. The researchers are now trying to find a link between adolescent colon cancer and adult colon cancer to find a cure. In the last few years, much progress has been made. We must never give up hope.

Morgan’s Mom has been carrying out her son’s wish of raising funds for research into this dreaded disease through various forms of fundraising. The artists have made it their mission to help as much as possible and we hope that everyone will be inspired by Morgan’s hope and attend the 12th annual ‘Art By The Water Exhibit.’ Visitors have come from far and wide outside the West Island area from Ontario, Eastern Townships, Hudson, Saint-Lazare, the Laurentians, Westmount, and the list goes on and on.

PHOTO COURTESY AUD’REY RILEY

The ‘Art by the Water Exhibit’ offers the chance to win this painting titled ‘Bales of Hay’ by Hudson artist Ginette Parizeau.

Admission is free with a chance to win a painting by Hudson artist Ginette Parizeau or Martha Markowsky, SCA. The artists encourage visitors to browse at their leisure and enjoy the welcoming ambience. The three-day event is held rain or shine, inside the old stone building and outdoors on the covered veranda and under the large, elegant and cozy tent. Whatever the weather, we’ve got you covered. Visitors may drop a loonie into the loonie donation jar if they so wish, every dollar adds up to help fight cancer.

The Beaconsfield Yacht Club is located at 26 Lakeshore Road, H9W 4H3.

Directions from Highway 20, turn south at Exit 48, turn left onto Beaconsfield Blvd. Proceed to second stop sign, turn right onto Lakeshore Road.

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