Even though Canyon Country’s Painting with a Twist opened only two months ago, they were eager to join other locations in supporting breast cancer research.
The new paint-and-sip business held their first Painting for a Purpose event to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation.
With the theme “looking up,” participants painted a forest scene and a blue sky, signifying hope in breast cancer.
This particular theme struck home with Denise Mitchell, one of the partners of the business. Her grandmother was told that she only had three years to live after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Her grandmother lived on for another 33.
“There is hope with breast cancer,” she said. “The thought to the theme was, there’s more.”
For Shari Feinberg, Saturday was her very first painting event. She came out with her friend Cheryl Goldburg, both of whom have had people close to them struggle with cancer.
Feinberg’s middle school best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. She pushed through and ultimately survived, but not before having a double mastectomy before the age of 50.
“We all need to do what we can,” said Feinberg. “(Cancer) ultimately affects everybody. If we have a healthy society, we can all live a better life.”
For Goldburg, she was happy to support Mitchell and the research done by the Vera Bradley Foundation.
“I think that working towards finding a cure is important,” she said. “It involves the community we live in, and we need to show our support.
Painting for a Purpose has been planned to be a monthly event, primarily aimed towards residents ages 21 and older. For information and fundraiser applications, visit their website.