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Sanae Ponce's Mother Lily's Passing Inspired "Graffiti Against Cancer" Benefit

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2012 06:05am | Post a Comment
The sad reality is that cancer is something that many of us can directly relate to; having either lost someone close to us to the deadly disease or else know of someone who has been diagnosed with or died from cancer in its many forms. This year in the US alone a total of 1,638,910 new cancer cases will be diagnosed with a projected 577,190 deaths from cancer predicted by the end of 2012!

Among those to die from cancer this year was 47 year old Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (aka MCA) whose death five months ago followed the artist's three year battle with salivary gland cancer. His shocking death further reminded hip-hop fans of the disease that can strike out at anyone at anytime. Four years ago 30 year old hip-hop artist Camu Tao died following his two year battle with lung cancer. This year his friend/musical collaborator El-P dedicated the acclaimed album Cancer 4 Cure on Fat Possum to Tao's memory. Two years ago Guru of Gang Starr died from cancer related causes. Everyone affected by cancer deals with it in their own way. In the case of San Jose writer Sanae Ponce, who lost her mother a few months ago to cancer, she decided to organize the Graffiti Against Cancer benefit series of fundraising events that will be happening at various galleries throughout the Bay Area later this month. For such a large scale project Ponce is not working alone. "Marito El Nicoya is my right hand man through all this. He's from Cali as well. His family is from Nicaragua. Mario Guitron is also a big part of this event, he's been helping us with the itineraries for these events," Ponce told me when I caught up with her this past week to ask her about her mother, the benefit series, and what folks can do to participate in this timely worthwhile event, that will pass along all proceeds to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.



DIORE 1810 will be repping Mexico and flying in for the Bay Area Graffiti Against Cancert events



Amoeblog: The idea for this benefit was fueled initially through the tragic loss of Lily Ponce, your mother. Can you tell us more about her and her role as inspiration for this benefit?

Sanae Ponce: I lost her June 26th to her fight with cancer. She is my total inspiration for all of this. She was amazing! If you knew her you loved her; her house was your house no matter what. After she passed I felt lost. My Boy ARTE shared that he lost his Uncle Tio to cancer as well. After long talks we decided we had enough of losing people to cancer and we should raise some money to help find a cure. We posted a little something on the idea of a Graffiti Against Cancer Art  Show, asking who would be willing to donate art work. And it went from there.


Amoeblog: Why graffiti and not some other avenue to generate funds?

Sanae Ponce: I chose graffiti because thats where the love's at. I have a mad passion for the whole graffiti hip-hop culture, and I feel that us graffiti artists are being looked at as "Gang Members" or just "Vandals" and we are not any of that. We just have love for a different type of art. We are human and have a heart, just like any others. I believe this will give a positive outlook on graffiti and hopefully earn some respect for what we do. But if it doesn’t we still know who we are. This will not stop us from trying to raise funds that will help find a cure for cancer. So many artists from different parts of the world have came out and donated. We have of course San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and all parts of Cali, New York, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Australia. As a matter of fact a graph artist from Australia will be doing a GAC (Graff Against Cancer) show over there too.

 
Amoeblog: Besides Facebook how else are you getting word out?

Sanae Ponce: We will be promoting this moving exhibit art event not only on Facebook but we will be out in San Francisco joining Lilac Street Mural Block Party on Oct 26,27 and 28th, handing out information and flyers to our events. We will also be dropping off flyers at our local galleries, stores, clubs and other Art events.


Amoeblog:  What has response so far been in general?

Sanae Ponce: The response for this event has been super dope. We have had artists of all kinds, galleries, clothing lines, food vendors, and just a whole bunch of different people wanting to help out. A lot say this kind of event is way overdue and that it’s time we had an event like this.


Amoeblog: What artists have responded with pieces of art?
 
Sanae Ponce: Artists who have donated art work include: MARK BODE, CRAYONE, KING157, TRACY168, KAYTWO,QUAKE, DEFIE, RENOS, CHEPH,  JOKER,  LIGHT, BROKE, RAVE,  OKSIE,  EARS, SKAZ,  ARTE, CRIME, SWER, DIORE, DOCKTOR, VECK 16, MC.SUR, ABLE, BLUSH, 7SEAS, ROAR, AURA, THE GUNK, VADER, ROMANSE, DEBATE, TORO, TWICK, SESL, FREE SKUL, GODS, DEBIL, NAKA, KUETES, PASSION, SEAL,  ROZIE, KREASE, LASER RIOS, ZORE, SHAKER, MACE, PENGO, DASH, PASHE, REWL, PEZ, Much Love to Crews: HYSU, WCF, RMA, EMR, CA,  LORDS,  1810, SJC, RTW, ATC and many more artists/crews.


Amoeblog: And how has the hunt for galleries to showcase in been?

Sanae Ponce: Oh man; the gallery search. Well it hasn’t been very easy, considering everything needs to be donated.  So much love to our Cali peeps @ Submission in San Francisco, The Tracks in San Jose, and DCAC Gallery (Downtown Community Arts Collective) in Fresno. Without them this would not be possible.


Amoeblog: How will the fundraising work? IE an auction or sales at art shows?

Sonae Ponce: Since all of our Art work is being donated we will be asking a set price for all art work. We are asking the donor to set a reasonable price for us. And if any artwork is not sold by the end of our events we will have an auction. If we end up with some left over we will give the artist a call to see if they would like it returned.  All artwork that is sold will have buyers contact info given to the art donor as well.


Amoeblog: What areas do you need most help with and what can people do to assist?

Sanae Ponce: We would like more art donations. We mos def need a spray paint sponsor, printing and/or donating T-shirts for this event, but any kind of donations are truly appreciated. A big shout out and thanks to Victor/ The DERBY of San Francisco for donation Derby Jackets for us to raffle.  And a big thanks to KAYTWO at Submission.


Amoeblog: Anything to add?

Sanae Ponce: If you would like to donate funds to help out event you can send us an online donation to here. That’s the Multiple Myeloma Cancer website! Everything counts, and is very much appreciated. We will also be having signups for bone marrow donors at our event, a simple procedure can save a life. Nothing can be more amazing than a life itself so please, we encourage this to the fullest!  And you can like us on Facebook or keep updated on our Facebook event page.   If you would like more information on how to become a Bone Marrow Donor please log on here. And for more info and/or to get involved email graffagainstcancer@hotmail.com

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