Proceeds from art auction benefit boy with cancer

Art for Heart is a charity art auction in which all proceeds go to the family of a 12-year-old boy with stage IV brain cancer. Sam Fallos, sophomore psychology major and creator of the event, said she heard the story through one of her oldest friends, the sister of the boy, Daniel Wang.

“I was touched,” Fallos said. “God put it on my heart to do something to help.”

Fallos didn’t originally know what to do but came up with the idea when looking at her art. Fallos has been painting for many years, and she decided that was her best contribution to the cause. The event will be a silent auction held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Friday in the Tech Pride Room. Fallos is auctioning all of her art during Art for Heart.

This is Fallos’ first charity event.

“Even if it means stepping out on a whim and doing something you’ve never done before, sometimes we have to step out when others can’t. Everyone can make a difference.”

The story really touched Fallos because Wang has a twin, and so does she.

“I don’t know what I would do if that was my twin,” Fallos said. “They are with you all the time, and then for one to be dying. [it’s] tragic.”

After hearing about Wang, some of Fallos’ friends suggested she ask Tech for help. Fallos contacted the University to see what she could do, and she came up with the Art for Heart event. Bracelets will also be sold. All the money will go to the Wang family to help with hospital bills and other expenses.

Fallos is also planning a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Backdoor Playhouse. Tickets are five dollars.

Anyone else interested in contributing art for the silent auction or making donations can contact Sam Fallos at slfallos42@tntech.edu.