An Edmonton-based comic artist has rallied the local superhero scene to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Tuff first launched the fundraiser when his youngest daughter, Calla, was diagnosed with a rare heart defect, and he realized first-hand how much support the Stollery Children’s Hospital provides.
“We’ve had a million different specialist appointments. We’ve pretty much lived at the Stollery,” Tuff said.
At the event, artists battled it out in rounds about 30 minutes long, with themes and characters chosen by the audience. Their art was then auctioned off live.
“The response is incredible. It’s really nice to be able to share a story like this and then have support from the local businesses,” Tuff said.
Calla was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect before she was even born, around 18 weeks into the pregnancy.
Now four years old, Calla has faced multiple heart surgeries, stomach surgeries, and complications that have led to six-month hospital stays.
“In all that hardship and that terrible time, the Stollery was [the] one amazing thing,” Tuff said.
“It was a second home. The nurses are amazing, the doctors are amazing. Everyone makes a really tough time easier.”
The event also has a tie-in silent auction that extends past Saturday. Artists from around the world have donated pieces for the cause, which are on display at Happy Harbor until Oct. 19. You can bid on the event’s Facebook page.
Over the past two years, the event has raised a total of just under $10,000. Tuff hopes this year he’ll be able to add another $5,000.
“I appreciate every last cent that’s donated,” Tuff said.
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The last few months seem to have gone by in a blur but was finally able to set up the cheque presentation for this year's Art for Heart fundraiser last night 🙂 the total funds raised this year were $3,877.50! I'm already planning out next year's event and how we can crush this amount! Big thanks again to all the artists and businesses that donated items for the silent auction, the artists that volunteered their time and talent for the art battle, and everyone that generously donated to this wonderful cause! #artforheart2018 #artforheart #stollerychildrenshospital #stollerychildrenshospitalfoundation #charity #fundraiser #family