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NOTES: Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in sadness . . . or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have-life itself ¯Walter Anderson
With the gift of life, it becomes possible for all else to fall into place. Each of us gets to decide what we do with our lives, what we use it for and how it suits us best. Cancer patients and survivors know just how quickly this gift can slip away and how precious another tomorrow can be.
Lori and John Weiss appreciate The Gift first-hand. Through the grace of God, personal determination and the discovery, diagnosis and treatment of her breast cancer at a facility like the Jean B and Milton N Cooper Cancer Center in Akron OH, Lori can count herself among the ever growing number of strong, joyful and appreciative women whose gift of life has been renewed.
“'The Gift' celebrates the purpose and promise of cancer treatment and recovery ¯ the opportunity to enjoy the gifts of life, hope, family, friendship and another tomorrow,” John Weiss says. ”This journey is one full of anxiety and fear, but when you to have the faith in your strength to take it on, to face down the storm, you will realize that there is a bright horizon and new shoreline on other side.
“The symbolism of three generations in this family together at the shore is not only to show that this is something that affects everyone, but also to relate that with early diagnosis and treatment, there is every opportunity to have a full and complete life. I want people to know that together we are beating cancer.”
John Weiss created The Gift to support The Summa Foundation, which helps support the Cooper Cancer Center, where Lori received her care and treatment. Support from a project such as this is crucial to the future of health and cancer care. It allows the pursuit of innovative medical research that leads to life saving technologies. Through the years, funds raised by the foundation have supported research, physician and nursing education, medical equipment, patient education programs and so much more. .
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John Weiss bio
"I enjoy painting things people can relate to," John Weiss says, "perhaps because I can relate to them myself. They re familiar things, part of an everyday life we can understand and enjoy." Weiss developed this appreciation during his childhood in Akron, Ohio. His father was a draftsman to whom John credits his disciplined approach to art. He drew throughout his childhood and developed his skill in high school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he saw an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth s work, which inspired him to pursue art while attending Kent State University. Weiss left college after two years to go into the landscape business, but he returned to full-time painting within four years. "My work is essentially self-taught," he maintains. "I study the work of artists I admire and learn from their methods and techniques. I studied color theory by referring to a color wheel and mixing paints. Experience is the best teacher." Weiss persevered with his study and his dedication has paid off. Today his paintings of dogs and of horses have an avid and loyal following. "Word of mouth has resulted in my works being sold all over the world," he says. "There was even one portrait of a dog that was presented to Queen Elizabeth by Lady Barlow." Weiss work is exhibited regularly and recently he won the "Cover of the Year" award from the National Dog Writers Association.