Torontonians will have a chance to witness a blank canvass turn into beautiful art on stage at the Hart House this Thursday as artist Beckie DiLeo paints live to the inspiration of music performed by internationally acclaimed classical pianist Shoshana Telner.
The event, titled An Evening of Hope, is a fundraising initiative by Fertile Future, a Canadian non-profit organization that provides fertility preservation information and support services to cancer patients and oncology professionals.
According to Fertile Future, an estimated 10,000 young Canadians are diagnosed with cancer each year, and 8,000 of them survive. Cancer treatments or surgical procedures, however, can lessen the chances of fertility, which makes it important for cancer patients to get the right information at the right time, the organization says.
Board member Trudy Perrow, a cognitive behavioural therapist who specializes in treating chronic pain, is a survivor of ovarian cancer who found help from Fertility Future when she experienced challenges in finding out her fertility options after her diagnosis.
Perrow says that although it is a devastating time when people learn that they’re diagnosed with cancer, as they’re not even sure if they’re going to survive, getting the right information at the right time is critical.
In addition to the unique collaborative performance of visual and musical arts, Thursday’s event will also include wine and tasty food and will be followed by a silent auction featuring collectibles and artwork.
The event, held on May 10, will be hosted by CTV personality and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor Anwar Knight. Tickets are $100 per person or $170 per pair.
More information about the event is available at FertileFuture.ca/An-Evening-of-Hope.