On July 17th, Raising Artists supported a close and very dear friend (and staff member of ours) Tanya, who has been living and fighting with Lupus, a horrible disease for the past 17 years. Our community project was called, “Tanya’s Community Project” in support of Tanya Mahadeo. Tanya’s big heart has volunteered for at Raising Artists’ Workshops, and would be found at the front desk in charge of registration or behind the scene with a camera taking pictures of the action taking place. Tanya is always ready to toss an apron on, grab a brush, or just lend a hand. Her smile always lights up a workshop and her kind soul is indexing to all children and parents who come our way. We were anxious to help Tanya and fellow Lupus fighter find a cure…
Raising Artists held a free pop up workshop at Ramadan Park, painting with every shade and hue of purple, which is the official colour representing Lupus.
Families, sponsors, volunteers and parents, came out and supported the event, to educate themselves and see what Lupus “the silent killer” is all about.
Lupus affects many more people than you know – it may live in you, a family member, a friend or a neighbour. We need to build awareness so that we can help support those living with Lupus around us.
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“To say that lupus frustrates me is an understatement. In addition to living with chronic pain, I constantly feel like I’m failing in some area of my life and letting people down. My symptoms sometimes cause me to miss work and cancel plans with family and friends. So I’ve decided to turn my frustration into anger, and this anger won’t allow me to keep quiet. Now I talk about lupus all the time, to help educate people and bring awareness to this debilitating disease that flies under the radar.”
-Tanya Mahadeo, On the struggle of Lupus.