Shoes for the Fight

This is my mom, Kathy.  We did a photo session when she visited in September.  What does she have to do with shoes?  Read on.

The Artist

The Artist

Who took the opportunity to give smiles when the opportunity knocked.

Who took the opportunity to give smiles….

Mom retired in May of 2012 and has been actively volunteering and spending time with her three daughters and 9 grandchildren.  She is doing anything but being idle and is helping so many people in so many ways.  Her retirement is far from the dreams she had of  her and my father spending these years traveling and enjoying life together.  Despite his absence as a result of loosing his battle to cancer almost 8 years ago, she is taking the best out of her time and using her gifts to spread love and joy.  Her latest endeavor, the one I am writing about today, is painting sneakers for children with cancer. She is working as a volunteer for Peaches Neet Feet, an organization that strives to put smiles on the faces of children undergoing cancer treatment.  Converse ( donates sneakers to Peaches Neet Feet who then sends the shoes to artists such as my mother to paint according to a child’s specifications.  To learn more about Peaches Neet Feet and their incredible program visit their website at:

Or their Facebook page at:

These are the shoes Mom painted this week for a little boy named Miles.  He likes the San Francisco Giants. What joy he will have when he sees these custom painted shoes that he can wear into battle, to fight the fight of all fights – cancer.

Sneakers for the Fight

Mom sent the three images of the sneakers to me today.  I did a little editing to them, but they are her images, not mine.

Mom sent the three images of the sneakers to me today. I did a little editing to them, but they are her images.

26 thoughts on “Shoes for the Fight

  1. Kathy’s painting has always been from the heart. It has always brought a smile, happiness and joy to others. As far as I know the parents still have Rudy (The reindeer) and EVERYONE was always, and I assume still is, overjoyed when he comes out each Christmas. Her studio was like Aladin’s cave! She’s a special lady, your mom. Christina Davidenas Wagner-Wright

  2. Wow! How awesome is this!! You know you’re talking about a special person when your 15 year old son tells you what a fantastic speaker someone is – sad to see her leave the high school, overjoyed that she’s able to do something so wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!

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