One of the many reasons that I love to create art, do shows and try my best to... November 24 2015

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From the McKenna Claire Foundation:

Sorry it's been quiet for a few days. Our entire family has traveled to Hawaii for the holiday - McKenna's grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins included. It has rained non-stop ever since we got here. We think it's Macky's way of telling us she is a little pissed off she's not here.

But, in one of those moments that you have to think is maybe just meant to be, we found out that Heather Brown - one of our favorite Hawaiian artists who has given so willingly to the McKenna Claire Foundation for silent auctions- was doing an art show and signing right around the corner from our hotel.

Our connection with Heather is one of those "you've got to be kidding me" stories. Hawaii was McKenna's favorite place on earth. Our first trip back here after McKenna passed away, I found a painting I absolutely loved. It was a blond and a brunette girl holding their surfboards and gazing out to the break (the one pictured here) It reminded me of our girls and I wanted the print badly, but even though Heather's prints are all over the island, I couldn't find this particular one (and couldn't afford the price tag on the real thing I had seen)

Several days later, we happened upon an art show in Haleiwa, where we had gone to eat at McKenna's favorite breakfast spot. Incredibly, among a crowd of about 100 other artists, we discovered Heather was there that day signing her prints. No one at her booth knew what print I was talking about when I asked if they had it, so suggested we talk to Heather herself. She was very kind, and though she was not carrying that print at the time, fell into conversation with us. It was then that the "maybe there is a plan for all this' moment happened. When we asked where she was from originally, Heather replied "Huntington Beach" (our home). When we asked what part - she replied with cross streets down the street from us. What school did she go to ? McKenna and Jordan's elementary school, Eader, of course.

At that point we told her our story, and she was so touched by the connections, she has donated a piece of her art to our Party With Purpose auction every year since. Saturday night we got to give her a hug, thank her in person, and give her a McKenna Shines necklace and an Eader Beaver t-shirt (yes, that was the real mascot). In this week of Thanksgiving, we are thankful for Heather's huge heart and willingness to act on behalf of kids with cancer.

And, in the final Macky moment of the night, after describing the print to the gallery owner, she said "I know exactly which one you mean", marched over to a pile of prints and pulled it out. I finally got my print.

McKenna Claire Foundation

Sorry it's been quiet for a few days. Our entire family has traveled to Hawaii for the holiday - McKenna's grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins included. It has rained non-stop ever since we got here. We think it's Macky's way of telling us she is a little pissed off she's not here.

But, in one of those moments that you have to think is maybe just meant to be, we found out that Heather Brown - one of our favorite Hawaiian artists who has given so willingly to the McKenna Claire Foundation for silent auctions- was doing an art show and signing right around the corner from our hotel.

Our connection with Heather is one of those "you've got to be kidding me" stories. Hawaii was McKenna's favorite place on earth. Our first trip back here after McKenna passed away, I found a painting I absolutely loved. It was a blond and a brunette girl holding their surfboards and gazing out to the break (the one pictured here) It reminded me of our girls and I wanted the print badly, but even though Heather's prints are all over the island, I couldn't find this particular one (and couldn't afford the price tag on the real thing I had seen)

Several days later, we happened upon an art show in Haleiwa, where we had gone to eat at McKenna's favorite breakfast spot. Incredibly, among a crowd of about 100 other artists, we discovered Heather was there that day signing her prints. No one at her booth knew what print I was talking about when I asked if they had it, so suggested we talk to Heather herself. She was very kind, and though she was not carrying that print at the time, fell into conversation with us. It was then that the "maybe there is a plan for all this' moment happened. When we asked where she was from originally, Heather replied "Huntington Beach" (our home). When we asked what part - she replied with cross streets down the street from us. What school did she go to ? McKenna and Jordan's elementary school, Eader, of course.

At that point we told her our story, and she was so touched by the connections, she has donated a piece of her art to our Party With Purpose auction every year since. Saturday night we got to give her a hug, thank her in person, and give her a McKenna Shines necklace and an Eader Beaver t-shirt (yes, that was the real mascot). In this week of Thanksgiving, we are thankful for Heather's huge heart and willingness to act on behalf of kids with cancer.

And, in the final Macky moment of the night, after describing the print to the gallery owner, she said "I know exactly which one you mean", marched over to a pile of prints and pulled it out. I finally got my print.