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Gail Needs Your Help!

My wife, Gail Foster-Swanston wants nothing more than to continue her passion and work as an artist. Gail was diagnosed with a muscle condition known as steroid myopathy, causing pain and weakness to her arms and legs. In 2013, while Gail was doing what she loves most, she fell in our art studio and suffered a serious spinal cord injury (L3 – L5 fracture). She spent several weeks in the hospital, and over a month at Shepherd Rehabilitation Center. Gail made progress through the rehabilitation program at Shepherd, however my wife still suffers daily from spinal stenosis, lumbar radiculopathy and painful neuropathy. Gail’s mobility is now very limited, and her medical condition is progressively worsening.

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August 1, 2019

These are a list of past updates on Gail’s page:

Gail had an inspirational time at her five-week Creative Access Award residency at PLAYA — however, during her stay, she struggled with several serious health issues. Since her return in late October, we’ve dealt with numerous doctor and ER visits and persistent symptoms that are making it very challenging for Gail to work, participate in physical therapy and daily life.

What’s next for Gail:
– Iron and IVIG infusions, then doctor consultations
– Monitoring her Iron, glucose, white blood cell count, hemoglobin, and blood pressure levels

How you can help right now:
Gail needs not just emotional and physical support but also help to pay for critical medical care before the end of this year. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit Help Hope Live in honor of Gail. Please consider making a contribution today.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Warm wishes and Happy Holidays,

Tom Swanston

Gail had an inspirational time at her five-week Creative Access Award residency at PLAYA — however, during her stay, she struggled with several serious health issues. Since her return in late October, we’ve dealt with numerous doctor and ER visits and persistent symptoms that are making it very challenging for Gail to work, participate in physical therapy and daily life.

What’s next for Gail:
– Iron and IVIG infusions, then doctor consultations
– Monitoring her Iron, glucose, white blood cell count, hemoglobin, and blood pressure levels

How you can help right now:
Gail needs not just emotional and physical support but also help to pay for critical medical care before the end of this year. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit Help Hope Live in honor of Gail. Please consider making a contribution today.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Warm wishes and Happy Holidays,

Tom Swanston

Gail arrived at her Creative Access residency (residency award for writers and artists with spinal cord injuries) at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon on September 23rd, and nothing could have prepared her for the outstanding beauty of this place. Due to the wildfires and smoke, her residency was pushed to begin on Sept 23 instead of Sept 3. 11 days have passed with many more to go but time and ideas are already taking flight!

Check out Gail’s album of photos from PLAYA and stay tuned for more wonder!

StudioSwan takes a Bubble Break!

Tom and Gail took a 5-minute (maybe longer) bubble break to celebrate 35 years of Help Hope Live. #LifeIsFragile…but hope and community support can make all the difference.

Help Hope Live has supported community-based fundraising to help families in medical crisis afford the care they need. They have been a crucial part in Gail’s journey to recovery and we cannot thank them enough for all the work that they do. We highly recommend you take your own bubble break and soak in all the beauty that surrounds you!

Simply blow bubbles in a video or photo and post it to social with #BubbleBreak35 and @helphopeliveorg. When you’re done, you can also donate $35 to the nonprofit in the name of hope. More info at bubblebreak.net!

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We are having a unique closing event to Art For Good: Foster & Swanston tomorrow! View NEW small works and receive the Friends & Family discount!

Saturday June 16th | 4:30 to 7pm
Grange Hall Gallery
10640 Serenbe Lane

The auction will officially close online on Sunday at 4pm – don’t miss your opportunity to make a tax-deductible art purchase or donation!
Those who are not in the area are still able to bid on and purchase artwork online (artforgood.auction-bid.org) and the piece(s) will be shipped to you! Please contact us if you have any questions.

The closing event will be happening in conjunction with Serenbe’s Play Me Again Piano “IDA” | Community Opening. The purpose of the exhibition & auction is to raise funds for Gail Foster’s ongoing non-covered medical expenses, post operative PT, and accessible home addition.

Have a look in Gail’s photo albums to view photos from the Opening Reception last month! We had a wonderful time in such good company.

Ready to invest in a unique, limited-run art offering to celebrate the Summer Solstice? Scroll down to take a look at our gallery, and when you’ve chosen a piece, email [email protected]

You’ll receive instructions on how to ensure that your donation is tax deductible. Thank you!

Gail and Tom are so excited to be partnering with Help Hope Live, the Art Farm at Serenbe, and GiveSmart for their upcoming art exhibition and auction fundraiser! Art pieces by Gail and Tom are discounted and already live on the auction website, available for purchase and bidding!

Auction website —
www.artforgood.auction-bid.org

The opening reception is at Grange Hall in Serenbe on Friday May 25th from 6 to 9pm. On Saturday May 26th at 5pm, Tom will have a book signing and artist talk.
10640 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
Those unable to make it to the events are still able to bid and purchase online!

Proceeds from “Art For Good: Foster & Swanston” will be donated to Help Hope Live in honor of Gail Foster via the Southeast Catastrophic Injury Fund. Funds raised will be used to offset uncovered medical and expenses related to her home accessibility renovation.

We are so happy to share that Gail’s surgery went well! She will be in the hospital for a few days and has begun some physical therapy already.
We are currently working to figure out the best place for her to recuperate, weighing the options as our home doesn’t have fully accessible features yet. Thank you for your prayers and kindness, she feels so much love.
Please continue to pray for her recovery and consider donating to the fund for her rehabilitation and home accessibility.
Gail is having her spinal surgery tomorrow, Wed March 21st! Thank you deeply for your kindness, prayers, and generosity – we met our first goal to pay for the surgery!
Gail’s post-op rehabilitation costs are estimated between $6,400 to 9,600. It is our next goal to reach $17,150 in the next couple of weeks!
Please pray for the surgery to go perfectly well without any complications and for full recovery. Thank you again so very much.
Stay tuned for updates on Gail’s progress.
Congratulations to our very own Gail Foster on receiving a 2018 Creative Access Residency at PLAYA of Summerlake, Oregon!
She will be spending eight weeks of dedicated time to her arts practice there this coming Fall. This fellowship is awarded to twelve individuals with spinal cord injuries nationwide thanks to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Gail is thrilled and so deeply thankful.

This video is about the residency’s wonderful program and beautiful setting.
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Check out this lovely article written on Gail
news.shepherd.org

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Holidays!
We want to thank each and every one of you for your generosity this year! Please consider donating to Gail for your tax-deductible donation in 2015!

Through your kind contributions and prayers, Gail was able to bounce back from difficult complications of her injury. She was also able to create art in her studio again which is her driving life force. While moving forward on her healing path, she continues to be upbeat and positive. Her attitude is because of all of you. However, the financial burden is a difficult challenge.

We are calling on your help. We are so close to our year-end goal! Please help us make this a reality. Remember its tax deductible and 97% goes directly to cover her uncovered medical expenses until midnight tonight.

With Sincere Appreciation,

Tom Swanston, Gail’s loving husband and art partner

Quoted in a HelpHOPELive Blog post! Link: blog.helphopelive.org

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Guestbook

May 15, 2019

So happy to see you doing this, Gail. You are one tough, determined, cookie! XOXO

Janice Barton

December 31, 2018

Dearest Gail , I am praying for your “Full Recovery “ !!

Linda Guydon

December 19, 2018

Sending prayers for wholeness.

Pamela Bakal Pamela Bakal

August 23, 2018

Go Gail!! We can't wait to have your beautiful artwork at The Umstead's Gallery soon.

Leah Goodnight