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My Attempt At A Million Drawings For Cancer Research

Updated on April 23, 2010
Help my daughter and I raise a million dollars for cancer research one drawing at a time.
Help my daughter and I raise a million dollars for cancer research one drawing at a time.

Dare to fight cancer with creativity

My daughter and I were brainstorming different ideas as we sometimes do. We came up with the notion that I could raise a million dollars for cancer research by drawing over a million drawings. Isabella's Mom passed away from cervical cancer nearly ten years ago and since that time we have seen improvements in prevention like the HPV vaccine as well as other cancer research breakthroughs like Proton Therapy.

The Challenge:

I will render each drawing by hand on a 3 x 5 inch card, signed and numbered. We ask that you send a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with correct postage back to your home. If you live outside the United States you will have to check to see what regular postage costs. You may include a word or a sentence of what you would like the drawing to be inspired by, you may also include a short dedication to be hand written on the art.

With each envelope please include at least one dollar (American) donation to work towards our goal and to help with costs. The majority of donations will go directly to The Cancer Research Institute (see link below), an organization that regularly ranks highest for cancer research charities where the vast majority of donations go to research programs.

My daughter and I will post updates on our progress on this Hubpage, we encourage you to check back often! We hope to turn the drawings around each within 2-6 weeks but we can't guarantee any turn around time. You can check on our progress as I just mentioned on either Hubpages.


(I CANCELED THE PO BOX, READ UPDATE BELOW)

Put us to work, one drawing done, nine hundred ninety nine thousand and nine hundred and ninety nine to go. Our goal is to raise one million dollars for The Cancer Research Institute and as such if we do not raise that amount with a million drawings we plan to create over a million.

If no donation is included we reserve the right to create or not create a piece of art correspondingly, to dispose of the SASE or return the SASE as received. Each drawing is rendered only once and cannot be returned for revisions. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your drawing feel free to donate more than once. But again, no drawings will be returned after initial mailing.

Progress Updates:

As requests come in we will post updates to our progress here! November 2009


FINAL UPDATE!!!

APRIL 23,2010  WELL DESPITE MY BEST INTENTIONS THIS NEVER TOOK OFF AS HOPED! I ONLY MADE A FEW DRAWINGS FOR CLOSE FRIENDS. I WILL STILL TAKE ANY CREATIVE CHARITABLE OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE UTMOST SERIOUSNESS, PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN MIND. AS OF TODAY I CANCELED THE RENEWALL ON MY PO BOX. THANK YOU ALL FOR READING, AND YOUR LOVED ONES WITH CANCER WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS TO THE GREAT SPIRIT.

Each drawing will be unique

Each piece of art will be a drawing rendered with a quill pen and/or sable brush with black Sumi ink.
Each piece of art will be a drawing rendered with a quill pen and/or sable brush with black Sumi ink.

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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for the comment Andrea. I hear you, so far I haven't recieved any requests (after about 50 trips to my PO Box) so the only donation has been my $20 rental to the post office. Supposedly, the Cancer Research Institute gives the most proportionately to research, but that is only from what I've read online. Personally, I had only planned on "charging" something from the donations, if I made more than a few thousand, I was thinking %10. But since there hasn't been much interest, I will probably shut this hub article down after the lease on my PO Box runs out. In a way I'm a little relieved, it would have been pretty difficult to make a million drawings! I'm not sure too many artists would have ever done a drawing for $.10 even if $.90 went to charity. I understand what you are saying though. It's a difficult conundrum. We want doctors and researchers to find cures, but we get upset when they live in big houses, drive expensive cars and go on exotic vacations. I don't have any of that. I'm not sure what I think about people who, in the name of Cancer Research, live like that. I'm sure some would say they deserve their opulence, while others would say it's disgusting. After seeing my daughter's mother essentially bleed to death from her cancer, I can understand why people would get upset. On the other hand, just because you choose to help people with their illness, I'm not sure this should translate to having to live like a pauper.

      I appreciate your comment, and I'm glad an artist like yourself chimed in, and survived her cancer! I would be interested in hearing more of your opinion if you care to share it.

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      AndreaGerak 

      8 years ago from Stockholm/Budapest

      Hi Ben, it's an awesome idea to help with artistic creativity! As an artist myself (and a cancer survivor), I can highly appreciate it.

      However, knowing where the money goes from these cancer organizations, I am not willing to donate one cent.

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      Jeremiah DeWaul 

      8 years ago

      Oh my gosh, im sorry, i thought this was Kara's father. Kara is my gf, im sorry. honest mistake!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Hey words, yeah nothing in the PO Box! Also someone from Texas said they were sending something. I am going to test mail something from nearby and make sure it goes through, I have the key to the box and open it, but all I ever find is junk mail. How long ago did you send it words? I am very sorry, I would not be too busy if I found any promise!

      Ben

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      words cocktail 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Hey Ben, how are you? I see you have made quiet a progress as a writer & with the fan following..congratulations! But I am concerned of this project you started..what's on? and also it seems either you are too busy or you did not receive my envelope!! Or may be something went wrong with the way i posted it?!?

      Wondering- :( me!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Aw H.C. you're melting my heart. Of course you can include a link to this Hub. I am going to get around to making a Facebook page about my Million Drawings For Cancer Research so I will hopefully be able to link that to your causes page as well, or also on here. Thanks for the encouragement, I have 5 coming in from Milwaukee, WI and I believe there's one coming in from Australia! I will post an update on here as soon as I finish the first drawing! Your son is in my prayers and I know he's still around you always.

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      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Just got to the Post Office to buy stamps today (the closest post office is 45min away-I live in the boon-docks)-my donation will be mailed tomorrow...

      Today would have been my sons 9th birthday-so today he is on my mind, even more than usual. In his memory, I donate $, but I am also gathering a list of causes that I support and will be posting them as a hub as well as links on my other sites. May I include a link to this hub?

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      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks words coctail, I'll look for it! I was just nominated for a HubNugget newbie, so I hope that might get some more people to sign on! May the Great Spirit bless you today!

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      words cocktail 

      8 years ago from Australia

      I posted my envelope today! :)

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Red Elf, I've got the writing part done, soon comes the drawing part!

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      RedElf 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Good for you, Ben. So many of us think "I should do something," but then we never do! Good luck with your fund-raising efforts.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks HC, I needed that enthusiasm! I will look for the article about your son, I am so very sorry, it makes me very sad to hear. When I had to tell my daughter that her Mom passed on, it was the most sorrowful thing I've ever had to do.

      I will look for your envelope in the mail. I don't think I am going to do the Paypal thing as someone suggested above, I've got too many things going on, I don't know maybe it's easier than I'm thinking. I need octopus hands and a 34 hour day. Anyway, I will take your suggestion too and look at the forums for more input, I haven't done that yet. Someone else told me they sent one in, so hopefully, the two of you will be the first I will post! Thanks for the freedom of expression! Best! Ben

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      Holly 

      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      I LOVE THIS IDEA!

      I lost my first born in October 2003, to cancer (not sure if you have read that hub or just the ones on my perceptions on relationships and men :D ) he wasn’t quite 3 years old at the time. Although cancer treatment and research has come a long way in the past decade-there is still so many venues that have not been investigated thoroughly-

      I will definitely be sending you a donation and spreading the word about your conquest-- I think there is a forum on the Hubbers Hangout in which you can suggest hubbers and hubs to others :)

      I will be expecting my drawing to be exceptional-although I prefer not to give any direction, would much rather you create whatever comes to mind and soul that day... :D

      GOOD LUCK REACHING A MILLION

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      brae1742002 

      8 years ago

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      words cocktail: I will try and put your suggestion forward this weekend, maybe a PayPal account would encourage people to contribute a little bit more than a dollar too. I've recently taken up another project to keep the wolf at the door around here so to speak, but I would love to take the Million Drawings For Cancer on full force and abandon everything else (except the occasional Hub of course)Thanks for the kudos and encouragement! We need it! Feel free to throw any more suggestions are way! Every Australian I've met in my life (which has only been a few) were all vigorous, potent spirits, must be something in the water down under. Cheers! Ben

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      words cocktail 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Sure Ben, a Paypal account set up would be easier for the e-world people you know?!? And will definitely increase the probability for people who are lazy!

      As far as i am concerned, don't worry SASE is actually not a BIG deal as compared to what you are about to begin here!! :)

      I wish this aim of yours is successful to the core!Good luck, again.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      words cocktail, are you still in Australia? Think of it as an excuse to explore your new country's infrastructure! I thought of directing an account towards Paypal, but then if I can make a million drawings, I figured others could fill out one SASE. But maybe you're right, thanks for the food for thought words cocktail! What do you think, should I set up a dedicated Paypal account? Would that work for a dollar donation?

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      words cocktail 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Kudos to you & your daughter, for the idea Ben..

      and Good Luck with your efforts!

      I am sure to send you one SASE,though will have to figure out how?

      lol..I mean, its been ages to use the regular postal services in this era of networking online and I am anyway new in a foreign country at the moment!!

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