LONGVIEW - Conner Jones, son of Brad and Sarah Jones formerly of Ocean Park and now living in Longview and grandson of Rick and Cheri Jones of Ilwaco, was recently asked to donate a piece of art to the "65 Roses Art Auction," a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year's theme was "Courage, Hope and Heroes."
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults. The disease hinders digestion and lung function through the overproduction of mucus. "65 Roses" is what some children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) call their disease because the words are much easier for them to pronounce. But making it easier to say does not make CF any easier to live with.
Conner, who is now four years old, was born with a rare disorder called prune belly syndrome and then at 12 months of age was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
When Mavis Shucka, an employee of The Bank of Pacific and also a Creative Memories Consultant, found out about Conner's project she offered to help. Creative Memories now does custom and professional matting and framing, so Mavis donated the cost to have Conner's picture professionally matted and framed through her Creative Memories business. This donation truly made the art even more beautiful.
When Conner's project was turned into the Cystic Fibrosis office in Portland, Ore., it was selected to be in the live auction rather than the silent auction. His picture was auctioned off for $200 and was purchased by a local Portland artist. The money will go to help find a cure for CF. This year's auction netted $73,000.
To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis or to make a donation go to www.cff.org.