In Memoriam Artist
Seventeen years ago, Kelly’s mother, Linda Roark (nee Long), and grandmother, Janice Long, lost their hard fought battles with breast cancer. They died just six months apart from each other.
Since that horrible loss, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition has provided Kelly with a venue to work in a proactive manner towards finding the cause and ultimately the cure for breast cancer. As a volunteer for the WBCC, she currently serves on the Policy Committee and over the years wrote an Advocacy Guide that is used to train advocates on breast cancer facts and prepare them for Lobby Days, served on the committee for the Rare Chair Affair, worked as a volunteer for many of the WBCC events, and provided administrative support at the WBCC main office.
Kelly wanted to create a piece of outdoor furniture that would reflect her mother’s love for her gardens along with her grandmother’s love of travel and decided that a floral theme reminiscent of Monet’s French gardens would please them both. To create this piece, she enlisted the talents of her two oldest daughters, Chelsea and Carly, who are both accomplished artists and WBCC volunteers as well.
Kelly was thrilled to be asked to take part in the Rare Chair Affair as a co-survivor artist and to be given the opportunity to honor the memory of her mother and grandmother at this special event.