"Blue Steel" Saves Jon

Read the Back Story of Kait's Newest Painting and How You Can "Save Jon"

"Blue Steel"    Oil Paint on canvas 24 x 36in

"Blue Steel"    Oil Paint on canvas 24 x 36in

My newest oil painting "Blue Steel," which I think is appropriately named for obvious reasons,  really only exists for one reason. The Save Jon non profit organization.

A few months ago I was approached by Save Jon, Inc. with the Boyette family's heartbreaking story and their efforts to try and raise money towards a cure for an extremely rare and life threatening liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis or PSC for short. PSC is an autoimmune disease of the liver and bile ducts with no cure or preventable treatment. The only option of survival is with a liver transplant. After having been diagnosed with PSC, Jon Boyette, along with his sister Dr. Lisa Boyette and Dr. Dietrich Stephan teamed up to form Save Jon, Inc. Since it's formation, Save Jon's staff has been joined by the efforts of Jon's father, sister Katie, and former NFL coach Mike Ditka.

Kait with painting " Blue Steel" on Pittsburgh's  Mt. Washington Overlook

Kait with painting " Blue Steel" on Pittsburgh's  Mt. Washington Overlook

In their effort to help raise the 50 million dollars needed PER YEAR for research and find a cure for PSC in the next 5 years, the Save Jon organization held a benefit Gala on July 30th at Heinz Field. One of this year's honorees at the Game Changer Gala was former NFL player and Pittsburgh Steeler Jahine Arnold, who was unfortunately diagnosed with PSC in 2007. I don't know about you guys, but I don't have 50 million dollars. SHOCKING, I KNOW. BUT I can paint, and you and I can help raise funds even if it's one dollar at time. To help raise funds for Save Jon and the Boyette family, I volunteered to create a custom made painting to be auctioned at the gala. I decided to paint this year's honoree Jahine Arnold who is in the lower right corner of the piece as well as his former teammates Hines Ward and Jerome Bettis. Prints will be made available shortly following an announcement with proceeds of every print sold going to Save Jon.

I will have a follow up blog post up shortly with pictures from the Game Changer gala. In the meantime, to learn more about Save Jon and their story, or to learn ways you can donate, please go to the Save Jon, Inc. website at https://save-jon.org/