By RACHAEL LONG / Photo by Rachael Long
A local nonprofit that provides cancer patients with healthy meals was presented with a check for $1,000 Monday morning from Art from the Heart, a branch of Round Up for Nolensville.
Round Up board members gathered at Mama’s Java in Nolensville to present the check to The Heimerdinger Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which prepares weekly meals for cancer patients and their caregivers. Executive director for the foundation Katharine Ray accepted the check and thanked Round Up members for the generosity.
Ray said the foundation provides about 500 meals per week. From a large volunteer base, Ray said the foundation serves the free meals to patients and their caregivers in Williamson and Davison County.
According to Treasurer Anna Hill, Art From the Heart was inspired by local artist and cancer survivor Shea Williams, who attended the check presentation Monday.
Williams initially beat a 2004 cancer diagnosis. Twelve years later, she was again diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.
She was one of The Heimerdinger Foundation recipients and painted as a form of self therapy.
Hill said Williams posted a picture of a cardinal she had painted on Facebook, and her husband Elmer inquired about its purchase. Williams said she felt more comfortable with the idea of giving the painting away in exchange for a donation to a local charity. And with that, the idea for Art From the Heart was born.
Now Williams is one of the organization’s many local artists.
Round Up for Nolensville is hosting Art From the Heart’s event April 27 at Mill Creek Brewing Company, where artwork and photographs from local artists will be on display and available through silent auction. All proceeds from the event will help provide meals, transportation and other needs to cancer patients in the community as they go through treatments.