Philosopher Albert Camus wrote: “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Giving is a celebratory act of appreciation for life.
My good friend of 35 years is participating in her third Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training event, The San Francisco Nike Challenge--walking the half marathon (13 miles). Toby was a wonderful support to me during a year of treatment and recovery in 2004 for Multiple Myeloma. I am proud of Toby's willingness to take on this physical and fundraising challenge over and over again.
Her 3-year fundraising total will soon top $5000 dedicated to blood cancer research, education, and patient assistance. Asking people for money is a brave act at a time when organizations in all communities are desperate for support and individuals are struggling financially.
Pondering all this sparked an idea to create an artistic offering to help with Toby’s fundraising effort. I have created a limited edition of boxes filled with individual cards printed with haiku poems on the theme of foot, feet, running, or walking. The
ancient art of haiku poetry is a simple and profound form that focuses
on a single insightful moment that is rooted in the physical world of
the senses and presented in a 17-syllable format. Proceeds from sales of “Box of Haiku” sets will be donated to Toby’s Team in Training fund.