Meeting Jan for the first time is a memory that stays with me because it was like meeting a longtime friend. Our friendship began in the fall of 2003 or 2004 when she and her fellow neighborhood artists were having an artist show and sale. Most of the artworks were being displayed around the corner at Janet and Edgar Schneider’s home on Sloan Street. I walked down to the Kings Mill Court and as I entered the cul-de-sac Jan called out, “Hello… I was hoping someone would come around this way.” She was standing at the bottom of the steps that lead up to her studio. We introduced ourselves and then she invited me in to see her artwork and little cottage workshop. Jan, the artist and designer, showed me some of the custom pieces she was working on for clients. I left that day knowing I’d made a wonderful, new friend.
A year or so later during Roswell’s Alive After Five Jan, Joanne Carlton, Karen Sullivan, Carol Christie and other artists set up a showing of their artworks in a building on Canton Street. I stopped by to say hello to my friends. While talking with Jan she mentioned the trouble she was having with her legs as someone was getting her a stool to sit on during the show. That was the first indication her friends had of a health problem she was having. Within months, December 2005, she received the ALS diagnosis.
You might say Jan is a lady who isn’t taking ALS lying down. She continues being an inspiration to her friends and all who meet her along the way. Because of her thousands of dollars have been raised for ALS and Emory ALS Center. Although she is immobilized and cannot speak, she stays active. She shows up for ALS fundraisers attending walks, galas, benefits and challenges and she does it all with a smile.
In efforts to continue the research to help find a cure for ALS, we ask you to participate in our ALS Art Affair. Join our guest of honor, Jan Giordano, her creative friends and admirers, and members of your community in a night surrounded by art and music to raise funds to support research to help defeat ALS.
The evening includes wine, beer, passed hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, raffle, and a silent auction of original works of art by local artists.
ALS Art Affair proceeds will support Emory ALS Clinic, which combines state of the art clinical care with cutting edge clinical and basic research. The Emory ALS Clinic provides multidisciplinary care to ALS patients and their families, focusing on independence and quality of life through state of the art intervention. Their research focuses on basic mechanisms of motor neuron degeneration, genetics of ALS, and new experimental treatments.
“I am so grateful for your efforts toward raising funds to cure ALS in my honor.” -Jan Giordano
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