Susan Fielder: I have a very big dream. One that I hope will make a difference for those who are currently fighting, or families who have lost a loved one to the silent killer, pancreatic cancer. I want to raise awareness and much needed funds to support pancreatic researchers to finally find a cure to this deadly disease.
My husband, Dan Mears, was a wonderful man and truly deserved to enjoy his retirement, friends and family on his life-path. Instead, pancreatic cancer took us into a world that was unknown, scary and frighteningly like an out of body experience. iPlaid happened on the way of digesting his loss, through grieving, and blindly trying to make a difference somehow, someway.
In the last 6 years since his death, I happened to find my passion on the iPad creating art and the magic of this expression produced a plaid that I now call iPlaid. None of this was planned, nor articulated, it is what has just become. I prayed about finding answers and I believe that a Higher Power has led me down this road.
My very first image on the iPad is called iPlaid on behalf of Steve Jobs. Why? One reason was of my love for Apple products, but more importantly, the fact that he was known worldwide for fighting the fight but losing his battle with this terrible disease. It just made perfect sense to me to name my design "iPlaid" for him.
Susan says, "The two yellow dots are eyes watching out for a cure and the red color denotes a sense of urgency/emergency to rid all of this terrible bully! This image will make a difference for many including pancreatic cancer patients and families of those who are trying to win the battle. My goal is to help researchers find a cure and with your help, we can all play a part in a hopeful happy ending of saying goodbye to this silent killer forever!"
Other art followed with "Peaceful Passion" for my husband, "The Blessed Man" for Count Basie, "The Dancin' Man" for Patrick Swayze, "Notes to Music" for Luciano Pavarotti and many more on her site.
The first 12 images in her gallery represent those we have lost. The goal is to raise awareness and much needed funds for pancreatic cancer researchers by producing iPlaid imprinted products and tell the story. Hopefully, this will be a new way to find a cure through Art.
She says, "I thank you in advance for your help. If you have lost a loved one, please contact me and let's talk about doing a piece for them. In my heart, I hope I never have to see a loved one go through this again." Blessings, Susan Fielder - Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org