The fourth annual Cayman Pickers “Art for a Cause” event took place on Thursday (29 November) at the Governor’s residence.
The event was started by Pam and Marc Laurenson who shared the life-changing events that inspired them to give back.
“I’m a breast cancer survivor, I was diagnosed in 2013. Throughout the journey, the Breast Cancer Foundation was there to help us through it all,” Mrs. Laurenson revealed.
She was aged just 28 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“You have no idea what to expect. The first thing that comes to your mind: oh my gosh. What’s going to happen to me, my life, my future, my plans? It was very tough,” she explained.
Her husband, Marc: the silver lining amid some very dark clouds. Together, they faced – and overcame – the cancer.
“I don’t want to say things happen for a reason but I believe we’re given only what you can handle. Our relationship was strong from the very start, but I believe it made our relationship even stronger,” Marc Laurenson confided.
Together, they are now giving back to the Cayman community that has supported them.
The same community inspired the Cayman Pickers event, where 24 pieces of art from 17 artists, including the Laurensons, were up for silent auction.
“We have a group of artists, every year they donate their pieces, an artwork and 100% goes to the foundation,” Mrs. Laurenson said.
In the past three events, they have already raised around $20,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
After Thursday (29 November), they hope to better that record with a collection that includes international artists:
“Together as a group, it’s some of the highest class artwork I’ve seen for a long time,” Mr. Laurenson said.
The Laurensons’ story: a testament to the power of love, support, community and giving back.