The Butterfly Effect

“Butterfly Effect…a small cause can have a great effect.”

In the early 1990’s neighbors in a historic Roswell’s Kings Mill neighborhood discovered a group of eight or more of them were artists and soon the likeminded bonded creatively. They came together sharing ideas, talents and collaborations on artistic projects, neighborhood art sales and having fun socially. One December 1, 2005, one of those neighbors, Jan Giordano, was diagnosed with ALS after she began experiencing conditions, which were limiting her mobility and causing concerns. Soon after receiving the news she met with her neighborhood friends at the home of Joanne Carlton. They were seated outdoors on the deck where Jan was sharing her news. As she did a butterfly landed on her hand and remained for an unusually long time.

The ALS stages quickly changed Jan’s ability to be independent and do the artistic design and creative projects she so loved. She and her husband Ted made the difficult decision to close her beloved studio, sell their Kings Mill home and move to a more manageable style house. Although they no longer live in the same neighborhood the friendships have remained steadfast. The butterfly has become the symbol that connects Jan with friends especially when coming together in a project such as ALS ART AFFAIR.

Jan, although immobilized physically by ALS, is ever the artist and designer. Recently, she has overseen the redecorating of her home. She also received a butterfly tattoo. She continues to inspire and encourage fundraising efforts to find the cure for ALS. She gives true meaning to the “Butterfly Effect.”

“I am so grateful for your efforts toward raising funds to cure ALS in my honor.” -Jan Giordano

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