The MPN Online Charity Exhibition was conceived by artist Lara Chapman, with the aim of raising awareness (and funds) for a little known rare group of blood cancers called ‘Myeloproliferative Neoplasms’ (MPNs). There is no cure and very limited drug therapies. Lara’s goal was to raise funds to contribute toward a research project.
Lara herself lives with a Polycythaemia Vera, one of the MPNs, and has founded a patient volunteer group known as MPN Alliance Australia, working independently under the umbrella of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.
The MPN Online Charity Art Exhibition was curated by Amber Creswell Bell and all works were generously donated by a group of amazing local artists, with 100% of money raised going directly to the MPN Fund of Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. Over 55 artworks were donated including one by Suzette from the MPN community – with 31 sold.
A total of $14,788.53 was raised and was used to support research into MPN.
The Online Charity Art Exhibition also served to raise awareness of MPN. Creative Lifestyle blogger Lisa Tilse is passionate about making with our hands and hearts and promoted not only the Exhibition, but awareness of MPNs. You can follow her post here.