Kitsch of the Week: Mio’s Art
These gift wrappers were designed by a very special boy. He is a 7-year-old named Mio who has been battling cancer for two years.
I met his mother Jasmine Mendiola back when we were both full-time fashion and beauty editors in Summit Media Philippines many years ago—I for OK! Magazine and she for Total Girl. She was a single mother juggling multiple careers as a magazine editor, stylist and makeup artist in 2009 when Mio, then 5 years old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
For the past two years, I’ve witnessed my friend go through ups and downs as her son battled the big C. The overwhelming support from family, friends, and complete strangers paved way for Mio Fights Cancer, a group that organizes creative fundraisers to support Mio’s daily medication, monthly intravenous shots, and quarterly spinal injections.
Mio is now on the maintenance phase of his chemotherapy sessions, and is emulating the grace and strength of his mother. He is excelling in academics as a scholar in Ateneo de Manila Grade School, while showing talent in drawing and coloring.
But the battle is far from over. Mio has two to three more years of treatment to go. The latest fundraiser to support Mio’s chemotherapy expenses is StART With Mio, gicle on canvass artworks and stationery that feature Christmas designs and The Mio Alphabet, a collaboration between Mio and Filipino graphic designer Alessandra Lanot. The Mio Alphabet is printed on greeting cards, stickers, framed letters, and paper products.
100% of the proceeds are guaranteed to fund the cancer treatments of a 7-year-old boy who, just like your little brother, son, cousin, nephew or friend, goes to school to study and play, but has the resilience of a grown-up as he battles a life-threatening disease.
StART With Mio stationery products are available at:
1. Santa’s Christmas Bazaar @ La Vista
December 10 and 11, 2011 at 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
La Vista Clubhouse, La Vista Subdivision, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
(Look for the Mio Fights Cancer booth)
2. Online at Chicify.com
3. Upcoming bazaars all over Manila. Visit miofightscancer.com for updates.
To view StART With Mio gicle canvass pieces that are for sale, click here.
Photos from miofightscancer.com