Jo DeMars

My Story:

It’s easy to think of breast cancer as a women and girls’ issue.

But it’s a men and boys’ issue, too.

When I attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Advocacy Training Day in Washington, DC I met male breast cancer survivors and began to understand the affect this disease had on their lives. Then I talked with a man whose wife died last November, and I started to comprehend some of the impact that it had on him as well their twelve and fourteen year old sons.

During my cancer treatment I learned one lesson very well: Life is for living.

I painted this chair, in part, to recognize the men whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Whether the father, the husband, the brother or the son of a woman with breast cancer, or even a survivor themselves, their lives have been deeply affected in ways they didn’t choose or expect. Through this common experience we’ve all learned lessons of compassion, loss, grief and moving on. But most of all, we’ve learned that life is for living.

This is a man’s chair and I’ve been proud to paint it to memorialize Prince Fielder’s 2007 year with the Milwaukee Brewers. Prince’s outstanding year already features leading the league in home runs, starting in the All Star Game and being an all around team leader and player; and the regular season isn’t even over. In fact some of us expect there’s an MVP and Hall of Fame honor in his future. Every time Prince Fielder steps on the field he shows the fans of every age what “life is for living” truly means. It’s a rare chair for a real All Star and for all of our All Stars.