by John Symon
The seventh annual edition of the “Art by the Water” takes place April 25—27. Local artists will once again be exhibiting their paintings for an art sale at the charming and historic Beaconsfield Yacht Club, with a vernissage on Friday evening, April 25. The exhibit will run Saturday and Sunday (April 26, 27) from 10:00am – 5:00 pm All proceeds go to Morgan’s Hope Fund, under the umbrella of the Foundation of Greater Montreal for adolescent colon cancer research. Admission is free; there will be refreshments and a door prize (a painting by Denise Roy). A large variety of art will be displayed indoors and outdoors. The public is welcome to browse at leisure and enjoy art in all sizes and affordable price ranges
The 200-year-old yacht clubhouse, formerly known as the Grove Point Inn was an exclusive country resort and boating club in 1891 which became a fashionable retreat for the wealthy elite of Montreal. The building has been declared an historic monument.
Morgan (after whom the fund is named) was a remarkable young man who was diagnosed with adolescent colon cancer. Unfortunately, Morgan passed away two years later after battling the disease. This type of cancer can hit young people as young as 12. Morgan felt that he could not face a terminal diagnosis without the hope of beating cancer, and if victory was not possible, then Morgan’s hope was that his participation in experimental research treatments would help advance research towards a cure for other young patients.
While Morgan was battling cancer, he thought of others. He wanted to bring hope and comfort to other young cancer patients and left his wish for his family to provide, though Morgan’s Hope Fund, blankets, DVD players and videos to occupy their time while receiving their own chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Prior to his death, Morgan donated his own DVD player to the children’s oncology ward at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. And with his own small savings; he started Morgan’s Hope Fund for research and awareness of this disease.
Morgan’s Hope Fund has grown and much progress has been made. Seven years after Morgan’s passing, Dr. W. Foulkes started the first young adult/adolescent colon cancer registry in Canada. This registry is retesting Morgan’s genetic studies for further research. Morgan’s Mom has been carrying out her son’s wish of raising awareness of adolescent colon cancer through various means of fundraising and working towards Morgan’s goal. “Art by the Water” has raised $10,000 since 2008.
“Art by the Water” April 25 (vernissage): 5: – 10: pm Exhibit April 26 & 27 10 am – 5: pm Beaconsfield Yacht Club, 26 Lakeshore Rd, Beaconsfield H9W 4H3 (St Charles exit from Highway 20). Free admission.