Who is amy? is a non-profit organization to support all aspects of the fight against a rare disease called Amyloidosis. This gala will be held at the Redline Gallery, 2350 Arapahoe St., in Denver, Colorado, on October 17, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. The event is held in honor of an internationally known woman of the arts, Janet Richardson-Baughman who lost her fight against this under diagnosed illness, in 2014, which afflicts thousands of Americans.
Dr. Marina Ramirez-Alvarado of the Mayo Clinic will be a special guest for the event and will speak about Amyloidosis, how severely it has affected the thousands who have it and the importance of research. Entertainment will be provided by Dizzy Fingers, Jokes of Nature curated by Donald Fodness and Geoffrey Shamos. Participants will be able to view the art exhibit in the Redline Gallery, enjoy dinner provided by Noodles and Company and Tony P’s. Drinks will be provided by Mondo Vino and Oskar Blues. There will also be silent auction.
This disease, as many, has no cure and no treatment plan which is currently acceptable. Nearly 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with Amyloidosis every year and many more go undiagnosed who have been seen by medical providers not knowing what to test for or how to diagnose individuals with it. Unfortunately, these individuals are treated for illnesses they do not have or left untreated because the medical professionals they see do not know what to treat them for and refuse to treat them until they undergo many tests to rule-out all other possibilities.
Who is amy? was founded by Becca, Shelley and Sarah Cooper and a good friend of theirs, Michele Wilson, in 2006, when the Cooper’s father was diagnosed with Amyloidosis. Janet Richardson-Baughman’s two Step-Daughters, living in Denver, have teamed up with the Cooper sisters and Wilson after they learned of each other’s connections to the disease.
Becca Cooper is noted as making the following comments about the gala and disease. “I am thrilled to see the vision of Who is amy? continue into 2015 with its 10th Anniversary Gala. Through these efforts, I hope that patients suffering from amyloidosis and related blood cancers will have better treatment options and researchers will ultimately find a cure.”
You can buy tickets online by clicking here for $75 per person through PayPal (you do not have to have or sign up for a PayPal account) or you can buy them at the event for $100 per person. Tickets include the dinner, two drinks per person, the entertainment and access to the Redline Art Exhibit and silent auction.
The event is sponsored by the Spin Creative Studio, Oskar Blues, Mondo Vino, Noodles and Company, VaVa Bloom and the Redline Gallery.
Janet and John, her husband of 28 years, raised their wonderfully blended family on their small horse farm. Janet loved her horses and rode in the discipline of Dressage achieving national honors and championships from the United States Dressage Federation of which she was a lifetime member. Internationally known artists, Janet and husband John worked side by side on projects commissioned by architects, interior designers and art consultants as well as private collectors worldwide. Having earned an MFA from Indiana State University in ceramics, she developed several series of clay murals designed for the wall. In later years, she taught herself to paint and developed many, many successful series sold through galleries in Europe, Asia and extensively in the United States. Janet had such rich and rewarding relationships with her children, grandchildren and children who needed a guiding hand though they were not hers except in spirit. They will sustain her and be sustained through her memory.
About Who is amy?
Who is amy? is was started when the Cooper sisters and their best friend Michele Wilson, started seeing the Cooper’s Father’s, Mike Cooper, health started deteriorating to a life threatening level and having blood-type rashes, weight gain and trigger finger. After seeing many doctors and being treated for heart problems he finally underwent a heart biopsy which showed he has Amyloidosis. Mike underwent a special bone marrow transplant which saved his life but did not cure him of the disease. Today there is still no cure or accepted medical treatment plan. Mike is in remission.
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Medical research of amyloidosis is limited, there is currently no cure. Amyloidosis is a debilitating and fatal disease. Unhealthy proteins are deposited in the organs and tissues, creating irreversible damage. The walls of the heart and the tissues of the lungs are often attacked first. Amyloidosis affects the body’s organs. Amyloidosis sufferers have trouble breathing, walking short distances, experience chest pain, and have all around poor health. Because there is no cure, chemotherapy and stem cell transplant are often used to treat the disease. These leave permanent side effects such as drug dependency, nerve damage, and heart failure.
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