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.
December 2, 2019
I’ve come a long way since 2014. Thank you for your prayers and contributions. This year we are renovating the new StudioSwan Art Center in downtown Chatt Hills where I will have a beautiful new studio in January 2020. I am so grateful every day that I am able to stand and everyone’s support contributes to those moments. I began obsessively trying to stand and continued therapy hoping to create marks one can not see while seated. I’ve learned an interesting dance of perspective.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, December 3 only, there is no credit card fee for ALL donations made at helphopelive.org in honor of Gail. The nonprofit covers this fee all day so that your donation goes further than ever.
November 8, 2019
Your good friend Gail Foster is doing well and is looking for your generous assistance.
I always believed that artwork heals. When I was a 7 years old girl going to a liberal church and introduced a theory to her minister. Young Gail’s theory was how #Artheals because when she gave artwork to people it made them happy. Today, there are even studies that show how creativity brought peace of mind and even boosts the immune system. But its not limited to only creating. Viewing art creates similar results. Back in 2013 at Shephard Center rehabilitation center opened up room for me to create art while I recovered and not long after she was up and about recovering. The power of creation could heal and when the spinal cord injury happened, art helped me push through my most difficult moments in life and was the main reason she got better.
Gail is excited to be moving into her wonderful new studio location which is 7 miles from Serenbe located in downtown Chatthills GA.
StudioSwan is launching a new fundraising campaign series titled “Art Heals” in order to raise funds to equip Gail’s studio accessible art materials that will
enable her to create more work and larger work with less pain. We are also raising funds for Gail’s past and present medical costs (insurance, co-pays,
and physical therapy). Gail Foster, Tom Swanston and the StudioSwan team are excited to be moving into their new studio location soon. A former Masons’ lodge located in
downtown Chattahoochee Hills, GA, it is only seven miles away from Serenbe. We plan to make this our long term home, and full of art, healing, and love.
Please consider contributing to one of the rewards tiers below through Help Hope Live to receive a special limited edition print or painting as my way to
thank you for your generosity. All contributions to her campaign on Help Hope Live are tax deductible.
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December 30, 2019
Gail, Here is hoping 2020 is a wonderful year for you and Tom. Fondly, Stacy
December 4, 2019
We love you Gail and know the angels are watching over you!!
Lee Foster and Greg Sudmeier
December 3, 2019
All my love to my lifelong friend, and hope this message finds her well and pursuing all of her dreams!
December 3, 2019
All our best for a healthy and joyous holiday and New Year