When asked what he wanted to do for his Bar Mitzvah project, volunteer and budding artist Eli Meyerson immediately felt called to lend his time and talent to A Shelter for Cancer Families (ASCF) in a very personal way. In 2019, Eli's mom Lee'Or donated her design firm BeylaBlue's services when ASCF purchased sixteen private residences on Drake Street. Watching his Mom put her own talent to work as she helped to create a healing and peaceful environment for the families served by ASCF, Eli wanted to contribute too. His goal would be to share his love of art and passion for the ASCF mission with the families served by organization as well as with the volunteers and staff who selflessly serve them. To do so, he chose to create a series of three portraits of individuals whom he selected and felt represented ASCF's identity and helped to shape its mission. Today all three portraits adorn the walls of ASCF's community space on Drake Street. Not only do the beautiful portraits put a face with the organization's mission but they remind us as to why ASCF exists, how it differs from every other organization and how each of the families served by ASCF is special. Even more, they remind us that every family affected by cancer could benefit from the services provided by the organization in ways that honor each's time, dignity and privacy.
While the portraits are certainly not inclusive of all of the beautiful families who have significantly shaped ASCF, they are representative of a young vibrant family whose child has cancer, a widowed mother and grandmother who now battles the same disease that claimed the life of her young husband, and a young twenty-something couple whose cancer experience served as the foundation for creating the organization designed to meet the needs of not just patients, but families.
Since early 2001, ASCF has been providing more than housing for cancer families seeking care in the Texas Medical Center (in Houston). The nonprofit offers lodging for out-of-town cancer families. They provide navigation services helping families to navigate the cancer landscape. Finally, they do all of this while helping these families to celebrate what is important to them in spite of their cancer journey.
Because ALL services provided by A Shelter for Cancer Families are free, Eli invites you to join him in celebrating his Bar Mitzvah by making a donation to the organization that continues to inspire him and his family.