While large amounts of snow here in California has yet to arrive
(global warming?), in Boston, there is no shortage of snow, yet
unlike the kind that can make even sidewalk travel
treacherous, the snowflakes that have arrived at the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute were designed to be brought inside and cherished.
For the second year in a row, Sarcoma Research at the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund is having "Robert's Snow: for
Cancer's Cure," an online auction that benefits the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute. Some 200 children's book illustrators have
created art on individual snowflake-shaped wooden templates
for auction on eBay.
This project was founded by Grace Lin, a children's book
author/illustrator with her husband, Robert, a two-time cancer survivior.
The first time Robert was diagnosed with cancer, they created the
children's book Robert's Snow as a way of coping with the situation.
When Robert was diagnosed a second time, they decided to use the
book they created as an inspiration for this fund-raiser.
There will be 5 consecutive 8 day E-bay auctions. They began on
November 6, with 1/4th of the snowflake collection at auction for 10
days, ending on Nov. 11. On November 11th, another 1/5th of the
collection went up for auction. They do note that no matter when you
win your snowflake you will not receive it until after Dec. 11,
the last day of the exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum.
I didn't know about this last year when Ian Falconer ("Olivia") had a
snowflake on auction, this year the big name illustrator (in my book)
would have to be Patrick McDonnell ("Mutts"). Act quickly, his
snowflake is already over 200$ at eBay.