Katie Manthe, a student in New London High School’s School of Enterprise Marketing, has organized a silent art auction to benefit the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.
Kawasaki disease, which can be fatal in children, is a condition that causes inflammation in the walls of small- and medium-sized arteries throughout the body, including the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle.
Kawasaki disease is also called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome because it also affects lymph nodes, skin, and the mucous membranes inside the mouth, nose and throat.
Manthe said she first learned about the disease when her three-year old neighbor Nathan was diagnosed with the disease and taken to Children’s Hospital for two weeks, where he received two treatments – both costing $4,000.
Now healthy and at home, Nathan is able to spend time with his parents and siblings.
“This is a rare disease, and donations for its research are rare as well,” said Manthe. “So, I’ve organized a silent auction featuring artwork from New London students. All proceeds will go to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation in hopes that one day a cause for the disease will be discovered, and a test to detect the disease will be developed.”
Art for a Heart” is a silent art auction taking place Dec. 17, in the New London High School Commons from 6-9:30 p.m.
The auction will feature artwork from New London students of all ages. “Art for a Heart” will be held in conjunction with the NLHS choir concert.
“I’m not sure how much we’ll be able to raise, but we’re going to do the best we can,” said Manthe. “Donations will be accepted. I hope everyone who sees this can come out and support this event.”
Christmas cards made by Readfield Elementary students will be up for auction, along with pottery, paintings, photography, table/cabinet items, and other artwork by New London students and staff members.
For more information, contact Manthe via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.