The moment I learned that Melissa’s two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I wanted to bury her in the biggest hug. But, since they live 1,000 miles away, I painted her a picture instead.
I’ve never met the Wilsons in person, but we’ve known each other online for years. The more I talked with my friend about the struggles her family was facing, the more I wanted to do something to help. The Wilson family has health insurance, but it barely covers their expenses, and they quickly blew through their savings in order to get the appropriate medications and treatments for their little girl.
Just because we are part of an online community, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a Real one. So I created the Love Little Violet fundraiser. A swell of encouragement rose up to support the Wilsons, and a few donations trickled in. Online community can be amazing and full of love.
But it still wasn’t enough. So I decided: it was time to do more.
That was when I was inspired to turn little Violet into a card in time for Valentines Day. All profits from the sale of these note cards go to the Wilson family (I am making no money off this…I keep only enough to cover the cost of printing & shipping).
Funds will help the Wilsons pays for medical expenses and living expenses as they adjust to the new demands of a lifestyle with a diabetic preschooler.
Some people have asked about art prints; if there is enough interest in larger prints, I’ll consider printing those as well, so let me know by emailing me or commenting below.
You can follow Melissa on instagram, as her family adjusts to life with a diabetic preschooler.
Thank you for supporting this sweet family.
The portrait of Violet and her father is watercolor and ink on 9 x 12 inch watercolor paper. The original painting of Violet holding the balloon is also watercolor and ink on 9 x 12 inch watercolor paper.