Dear Friends and Participants of the Artisans Revival,
O.k. Im never any good at holding off on surprises. So here’s one I need to let out of the bag. I also feel that in so doing, this project gets the attention that it deserves. Tonite, when you arrive at the Newburyport Library, you will be greeted with Lucy’s Love Bus. I couldn’t think of a better ‘transformative work of art’ to better kick off this public event.
Beecher, as well as the Love Bus is no stranger to Yankee Homecoming. And it is my sincerest honor and pleasure to have Lucy’s Love Bus as part of the Inn Street Artisans Revival. In a conversation with Beecher the other day on the phone she asked me, like many others of late, what is the Revival all about in just a couple of words? I gave her three (o.k. ,maybe three or four….). What I should have said to her was to look no further than the Love Bus.
Talk about infinite spirit, life, art and transformation?
From the website http://lucyslovebus.org/
Beecher Grogan is the Director of Lucy’s Love Bus and the mother of our founder, Lucy Grogan. She has two other beautiful children named Jane and Eli. Beecher lives in Massachusetts with her children and her 2 tiny dogs, Lukie and Papi. Beecher is a featured writer in the book, ‘Twelve Breaths a Minute’, a series of essays that has been highlighted on National Public Radio. She has also written a book for children with cancer called ‘A Lion Inside’ that is now available for purchase from our online store. Beecher’s boundless enthusiasm and drive are only matched by her passion to deliver comfort and quality of life to children with cancer. She has made it her purpose and personal mission to do everything possible for pediatric cancer patients around the country. Beecher is available for speaking engagements for children, teens, or adults to share Lucy’s story and her message of hope, humor, and inspiration.
Beecher will be speaking tonite at the Library on behalf of the non-profits and the humanitarian groups of the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival. The Love Bus will be making an appearance not only at the library this evening, but it will also be kicking off the Revival on Inn Street with a special Childrens art project on Saturday July 30th. More information will be available as we kick closer to Yankee Homecoming.
From the website http://lucyslovebus.org/
The mission of Lucy’s Love Bus™ is to:
deliver comfort and quality of life to pediatric cancer patients by providing funds for free integrative therapies, and
offer young people lifelong lessons in leadership and service to others through philanthropy.
Lucy Grogan was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Throughout Lucy’s long illness, concerned individuals like you raised money to help support Lucy. Lucy learned about the benefits of integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, art therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding during her treatment.
When Lucy was 11, she told her mother that when she was “done with cancer” she wanted to start a program that would provide free integrative therapies to all children with cancer to help manage the side effects and late effects of traditional cancer treatment. Since 2006, our generous supporters have helped us deliver love and comfort to over 500 children with cancer.
Lucy Grogan founded Lucy’s Love Bus in 2006, from her hospital bed in Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. Looking at the hustle and bustle out her window, Lucy said, “Mama, if we’re in Chinatown, why isn’t anyone in here getting acupuncture?” Acupuncture was one of the only things that relieved Lucy of the chronic nausea that plagued her during treatment. Thanks to the support of her community in Amesbury, Lucy had access to integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, horseback riding, art, and music. Lucy learned that these integrative therapies that were so profoundly helpful to her during the course of her treatment were not covered by insurance, and therefore many children with cancer did not have access to them. She decided that when she was “done with cancer,” she would help to make sure that all children had the same access to the helpful integrative therapies that she took advantage of during treatment.
Predating the existence of an actual “bus,” Lucy named her organization Lucy’s Love Bus, centered on the mission of delivering comfort to children with cancer who needed it now; those for whom a cure would come too late. Lucy passed away only six months later, but her mission and dream continue on in the organization she founded.
Enter: The Love Bus. Donated to our organization in 2010, this gorgeous girl is a 1970 Volkswagen Westfalia Bus, fueled by YOUR LOVE! This donated van was painted to resemble a Monarch butterfly by our great and amazingly talented friend Deb Bonnacorso of Deb’s Custom Art in North Shore, Mass!
Check out the transformation – WHOA!
The Love Bus has been custom designed to fit a massage table in the back, with a pop-top to allow room for a massage therapist to stand while working on a client. Originally used in our flagship program called “Acupuncture on Wheels,” our fair lady today is mostly spotted at parades and fundraising events, or she can come to your workplace to show the wonders of integrative therapies and to encourage employee giving campaigns for companies/businesses interested in our “Lucy’s Pit Crew” Corporate Involvement Program! The Love Bus also visits schools successful in reaching their fundraising goals as part of ourLucy’s Kid Corps Program! If you’d like to learn more about having The Love Bus bring some massage/acupuncture to your workplace or to your school for a visit, please contact Beecher at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
You will hear a lot about ‘Ten Years Ago” this evening. I remember well my first impressions and memory regarding Lucy’s Love Bus and what its all about when my partner Kat Couree first told me about her volunteer involvement with it way back, almost ten years ago now. I still remember the photograph of her from the newspaper releasing the butterflies into the air. I still get all choked up inside just writing about this.
I just thought of one word now that best describes what the Revival is all about to me.
See you tonite.
John William Brown
Spirit of Newburyport
32 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
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