Kent: High school group helps create cancer ribbon paintings

April 2, 2014 

Members of KAZ sorority painted pictures March 22 and donated them to the Cancer Care Center in Warner Robins and to Susan G. Komen Central Georgia.

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Members of KAZ sorority spent March 22 painting and doing their part to let those fighting cancer know they are not in that fight alone.

KAZ members created cancer ribbons paintings through a Canvas for a Cause activity and then donated them to the Cancer Care Center in Warner Robins and to Susan G. Komen Central Georgia.

Cara Heard, owner of Lush Art, sketched the cancer ribbons onto canvas. KAZ members picked which color ribbon representing different forms of cancer that they wanted to paint and then painted the background of the canvas as well.

“Canvas for a Cause hopefully will uplift others with a little creativity,” Heard said.

It was an idea that Heard had wanted to implement for a while, and when she heard about KAZ, she knew she had a partner in paint.

Heard’s business, Lush Art, is a studio where people -- even those with no experience at all -- can come to paint and create. During a typical class, Heard has prepared canvases with sketches and then walks class members through the rest of the painting process step by step.

“It is a way to relax and unwind and to find some creativity that you might not know you had,” Heard said.

Heard said that the KAZ members were the perfect mix in a group of painters of enthusiasm and commitment to others

KAZ is a high school service organization founded in 1983 by Mary Ann Branch Coskery. While the organization provides social activities for students, the main goal of KAZ has always been service to the community.

Taylor Liszewski, a senior at Veterans High School who has been a member of KAZ since 10th grade, said that members of KAZ are committed to helping others.

“We want to do things that incorporate helping other people. We love doing community service work and events. If there is a fun aspect to it, that makes it 10 times better, but basically we just want to do things out of the goodness of our hearts,” Liszewski said.

Emily Bowden, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Central Georgia affiliate, said that one painting would be kept in the office while the others were donated to the cancer centers in Warner Robins and at Coliseum Medical Centers and The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

“It is a really tough thing to go through chemo and radiation; unless you have been through it yourself you have no idea how tough. For these patients, whether they see a painting in one of the cancer centers or were given one to take home, they will know that this group of high school kids really took an interest in them and their life and wanted to help,” Bowden said. “There is no telling how it could help someone fighting cancer to know that someone else cared enough to create something for me.”

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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