Last week I found out that my friend, Irish musician Andrew Handrick’s three and a half year old daughter Sofia has Lymphatic Leukemia. Finding out that your child has cancer has got to be a parent’s worst nightmare.
Andrew and his partner Eva run a small ceramics shop in La Spezia, Italy which is their only source of income. They have to close the shop a lot these days so that they can spend time with Sofia while she is in hospital. Of course, they want to give her everything she needs to make her life as easy as possible during this challenging time.
Andrew started a fundraising campaign through YouCaring.com and has been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of people all over the world. We’ve all known someone we care about who has been plagued by cancer. If you can help, even in a small way, your gift will be most appreciated. These are beautiful, creative, hard-working people who deserve to be able to watch their daughter grow up. You can help by donating directly to Help Little Sofia at http://www.youcaring.com/other/help-little-sofia/72134.
Alternatively, Artist Sarah Ryan from Limerick, Ireland has donated
this lovely oil painting of flowers entitled ‘The Spirit of Sofia’ to be auctioned off on EBay with all proceeds going to Sofia Handrick. The attached link will take you to where you can bid for the painting (17″ x 13″ inches, oil painting varnished with gloss).
Andrew, Eva, Sofia and I thank you for your support & compassion!
With love & gratitude,