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2008 National Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week, Fund-raising Event,
Artwork Exhibit of Danielle O'Keefe

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Gallery front for Landmark Gallery & Framing located in Wallingford, Connecticut
Landmark Gallery & Framing,
Wallingford, Connecticut

Danielle O'Keefe, daughter of John and Jennifer O'Keefe, suffers with a genetic disorder known as Epidermolysis Bullosa. Epidermolysis Bullosa (commonly referred to as EB by sufferers of the disorder) affects the skin and surface areas of the body. The skin easily tears, blisters, and bleeds from very minor trauma. Damage can occur from ordinary activities such as clothing rubbing against the skin. Danielle is very interested in spreading awareness of her disorder and in 2008 she decided to participate in the federally sponsored event known as National Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week. Since she was a little child, Danielle has loved drawing, painting, and creating art. She has even won a first place award for a drawing that she entered in a local fair. She approached a Gallery in Wallingford Connecticut and asked if she could display some of her recent artwork and a brief presentation display in support of the event. The Gallery owner, Gillian Zimmerman was more than willing. Below are some photographs of Danielle, Gillian, and Danielle's artwork that was put on display.

Danielle O'Keefe poses with Landmark Gallery owner Gillian Zimmerman
Danielle O'Keefe and Gillian Zimmerman (Gallery Owner)

Also in support of the event, Danielle had a front page article written about her in a local newspaper. (see below) The article (and an earlier one from 1998 - also below) provide a touching summary of Danielle's life struggles with EB and how her family has rallied around her.

As a result of the artwork display and the newspaper article, Danielle was able to raise money which she donated to an EB charity. Danielle is very interested in increasing awareness of EB with the goal of generating more financial support for research into a cure. Here is a letter, written in Danielle's own words, that accompanied her artwork at Landmark Gallery.

Landmark Gallery displays Danielle's self written letter about her condition
Danielle's personal letter.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ABOUT DANIELLE O'KEEFE

Below are two articles about Danielle, her daily struggle with a rare genetic skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and its effect on her entire family. The first article (bottom) was written in 1998 when Danielle was very young and the second (top) was written in 2008. Both articles were written by journalist Jeffery Kurz for 'The Record Journal' located in Meriden, CT. The files are large in size and may take a few moments to download.

DANIELLE'S ARTWORK

Danielle O'Keefe - Parrot Painting

"Parrot"

11x14, Oil on Board,
Danielle O'Keefe,
Spring 2008 (12 years old)
Danielle O'Keefe - Butterfly Painting

"Butterfly"

4x6, Oil on Board,
Danielle O'Keefe,
Summer 2007 (11 years old)

(Butterflies, with their delicate wings, have come to symbolize the fragility of the skin of EB patients.)
Danielle O'Keefe - Acrylic Landscape Painting 2002

"Landscape"

8x12, Acrylic on Paper,
Danielle O'Keefe,
2002 (6 years old)

(Danielle painted this during a hospitalization in 2002)

EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA

Below are links to organizations that are helping families and the medical community in the search for a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

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The Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America
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Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation
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About the Author...
     John specializes in landscape oil painting done in a style similar to the famous Hudson River School and Victorian era artists. He also specializes in reproduction painting frames, framing supplies and Giclee prints of his landscape paintings.
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