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Inspirational Deck of Cards Helps Raise Money for Sickle Cell Disease

October 5, 2015 by Andrea
Photo: deniseweaverross.com

Photo: deniseweaverross.com

Sickle Cell Awareness Month may have ended, but the work continues. One such example comes from Denise Weaver Ross, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based artist and poet, heart transplant survivor, and widow who lost her husband to SCD more than 10 years ago.

For the past three years, Denise has been channeling her pain and experiences into a project called "House of Cards - The Whole Deck." This life-sized collection of 56 playing cards was inspired by her husband's death, as well as other events that she and those around her have faced throughout the years, reports the Albuquerque Journal. "To me, it was a great way to illustrate what you go through when you lose somebody," Denise told the Journal.

If you live in the Albuquerque area, be sure to see the paintings in person at the Tortuga Gallery from now through October 31. Each painting is also up for auction through the end of the exhibit and all proceeds totaling more than $500 per painting will go to sickle cell disease advocacy organizations. Bid on a painting here, learn even more about the making of these cards here, and order an actual card deck for yourself here.

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