And the Winner Is . . .

Last night’s ninth annual Tracy’s Kids Red Carpet Fundraiser was a grand success. We had a great turnout, and our guests seemed to really enjoy coming together in support of our cause. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, our Courage Award winner, offered touching and impassioned remarks about what it means to be a cancer patient and the power of human connection.

We are proud and humbled at the same time–proud of the good work we do and grateful for the support so many of you offer the kids we serve–and humbled every day as we work with such brave and resilient young people. Here are a handful of photos from last night, courtesy of our event photographer, Carly Glazier, We’ll post a more extensive gallery soon, but we hope you’ll get a feel for the what a great night it was!




And the Winner Is. . .

As we get ready for the Tracy’s Kids Red Carpet Fundraiser on February 25, we wanted to share with you the video our friends at Comcast made about last year’s event. It’s pretty awesome, including lots of behind-the-scenes video of the kids making their “Big Heads” for the music video.

David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson


In the news. . .

Thought I’d take a minute to post the links to some great coverage of our Red Carpet on Wednesday night, February 13.  Enjoy!

Getting Ready for the Red Carpet!

As we may have mentioned once or twice, our big annual “And the winner is. . .Tracy’s Kids,” Red Carpet Fundraiser is coming up on Wednesday, February 13. This will be the eighth event—our one big fundraising event of the year.

For those who have not attended before, it is a fun occasion—a Washington Style Red Carpet—business attire, not evening dress–and our guests are not movie stars, but members of Congress, their staff, and other friends of Tracy’s Kids.
What a crowd!


The Tracy's Kids Courage AwardAmanda Johnson and Mom

The real expert speaks!

I have been honored to shake hands with the likes of Arlen Specter, Patrick and Marcelle Leahy,  Mike and Karen Pence, Barbara and Tim Johnson, John McCain, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ben Cardin, Sue Myrick, Charles and Barbara Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Chris Matthews and George Stephanopoulos as they expressed their support and appreciation for the work of Tracy’s Kids.

As an artist and art therapist, I am most at home outside the spotlight. Working with kids and families at the hospital is a low-key kind of work. It has value in part because it helps patients and families feel normal in a place that isn’t like home.

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It is both an honor and a little daunting to “say a few words” to an audience full of lawmakers—but these folks are kind, gracious, open and real—and they make it a great event. I am very, very lucky to be “Tracy of Tracy’s Kids!”