A Radlett artist who was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer has used the devastating news to take her work and charitable contributions to the next level.
Helen Lack, who was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in February, has gone on to raise over £1,500 to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation through an “overwhelming community response of donations and sales of my artworks.”
Furthermore, during the pandemic, she’s created and donated ‘huge’ contemporary artworks to North Middlesex University Hospital and Watford General Hospital.
Helen feels that by channelling her feelings through art, she’s taken her work to the next level.
Blossom Fighting Cancer, who exhibit the art of people dealing with cancer, clearly agree, as Helen is one of just six artists who has been selected to take part in their Paris exhibition in September.
Helen said: “I’m on my fourth round of chemo now, I’ve then got another four rounds and a lot of other treatment after that – this is a particularly nasty cancer. When I found out, I was pretty devastated, but I went straight to raising money during my first round of chemo and have just got on with it.
“I’ve really been reaching out to a lot of people rather than hiding away. I’m trying to raise awareness of this illness and also show people that even with cancer, you can do anything. If you say focussed, it’s possible to evolve and develop yourself.”
Helen, a mother of three, said having her contemporary works donated to hospitals was a particularly poignant moment for her.
She added: “To know that there’s paintings of mine in the hospitals gives me so much pleasure. I want to brighten up the staffs’ days and I’m hoping it will benefit them.”
Helen’s also had a boost from none other than musician Craig David – a friend of hers got in touch with the star, who sent a message to Helen supporting her and wishing her well, and invited her backstage to next year’s concert.
Picture courtesy of Art Absolutely