Six months … it seems like yesterday.
Many people have put their energies into carrying Eva’s legacy forward and so to recap, here are the many events that have happened or are in the planning stages.
On February 18, 2010, Eva wrote on her blog …
a mark on the world
some proof that i had been here
something to say that i mattered
that when my body left this world my soul had made its imprint
1. Creation of the REDDY FOR A CURE campaign to promote ongoing awareness and fundraising in support of Cystic Fibrosis.
2. Great Strides Walk, the annual CF fundraiser walk: the REDDY FOR A CURE team, with participation in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario raised an unprecedented amount for CF
3. 65 Red Roses painting: This collaborative piece, with participation from 65 Canadian Artists, was donated to the Vancouver Chapter of the CF Foundation, to be used for fundraising and for CF awareness. The painting can be viewed on the CF Vancouver website www.cfvancouver.ca click on the ‘65 Red Roses’ icon.
• Over $25 000 has been raised by the sale of posters (not many left!),
• The painting was shown in Eva’s hometown, New Westminster, for the summer to raise awareness and funds
• The painting is currently on display at ECW/Circa Ici a fashionable women’s clothing store in the heart of the Vancouver shopping district (Granville St. & 10th Ave) . Stationary (greeting cards and calendars) will soon be created
• Talks are being finalized with BC Children’s hospital to have it prominently displayed there on permanent loan. It will also be the centerpiece for a broader fundraising campaign for CF in months to come.
4. Tandem Tour: 4 young men cycled across the country on a 4-man tandem bicycle especially constructed for this trip. They each raised funds for their favoured charity. Ian Bevis cycled for Eva, and for C.F., raising about $9000. Their website is still open and accepting donations. www.thetandemtour.com
5. Passion for Fashion. ECW/Circa Ici is in the midst of a Passion for Fashion campaign raising funds for CF in honour of Eva. A $65 donation to CF gets you a $65 credit at the store over a $300 purchase. www.ecwoman.com/home/events_promotions
6. Vancouver Leisure Society – Lawnbowling event: www.vancouverleisure.ca Thursdays in July were abuzz with chatter, charm and an influx of youthful retro participation at the Stanley Park lawn bowling club. Team spots sold out in 5 minutes after online registration opened. This event was dedicated to Eva and raised over $34 000 for CF.
7. Phoenix Theatre University of Victoria is holding a memorial celebration to honour Eva on Sunday September 26 at 1:30. A plaque and tree will be dedicated to her on the theatre site.
8. Keys to a Cure will be the focus of this year’s CF Gala keynote presentation. Eva is the catalyst behind this portion of the event designed to raise funds through the auctioning of research packages that aim to fund CF research projects. We know that it is only through more scientific research and the development of transitional steps to apply new knowledge to CF patients, that will make a lasting difference in the lives of those suffering from this disease.
9. 65_RedRoses: the film, is now available on DVD, (www.65redroses.com) has shown on CBC’s The Passionate Eye several times, will be aired in its entirety on The Knowledge Network, has been viewed in several countries around the world and ….hopefully will soon air in the U.S. It has won numerous awards including the prestigious BANFF award for Best Canadian Program, an Audience Award at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, and several other film festival awards.
10. VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival)-is honouring Eva at their screening of ‘Leave them Laughing’ on October 2.
11. Benefit Concert∫ for C.F. tentatively planned for February, featuring well know Vancouver artists.
12. 2 scholarships in Eva’s name: one for her former high school to go to a student planning to attend theatre school, one for the Child Life program at BC Children’s Hospital to go to a ‘Child Life’ intern.
While in hospital last February, Eva received the CF Foundation’s Summerhayes award for her service to CF. See a video of this event on the March 27th posting. After receiving the award she said ‘One of the most important things for me to do right now is to create a legacy. …This (award) to me really makes a difference because it means that I made a difference. When I die, this is what’s left.”