Since 1992, I have mentored a young man named Rudy. Rudy has Treacher Collins' Syndrome, a disfiguring facial-cranial birth defect. He is 28 years old now and has had more surgeries during the course of his life than anyone I have ever met. For three years, Rudy has had no teeth. The doctors removed them in part so that they could try to extend his jaw. Now, Medicare says they will not pay for teeth, because teeth are considered cosmetic. Although Rudy's mother found a doctor willing to donate his time to implant the rods that will hold the teeth, Rudy needs $13,000 to pay for the rest.
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Images of Italy and Rudy's Teeth
Since my Images of Italy series has been very popular, I decided to start a fund-raiser to help my friend Rudy. I currently have 14 of my photographic images made into giclées on canvas. If you see others you like, I can add them to this project.
I received my first order about the time that I was boarding a plane to Chicago and later Italy. Beverly H. O'Hara of Lakeway, Texas, wrote me later:
"Hi Kelly -- I did receive my prints and they are beautiful. When Terry [Wilemon] told me about Rudy I knew I had to do something to help and to get such beautiful art in the process was a bonus. I especially love the masks -- they are really striking."
With the holidays around the corner, I would love to help you with your gift giving and home decorating, while you help Rudy get to enjoy chewing healthy foods.
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