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Dorothy Shain. Artist based out of Charleston, South Carolina. Explore her work. 

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The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

Dorothy Shain

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While completing my senior year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, I remember hearing a story of a tragic accident involving Dallas native Lauren Scruggs.  Lauren was involved in a terrible incident involving the propeller of a small plane, which resulted in the loss of an eye and her left hand.  While I did not know Lauren at the time, I was struck by her story and courage to continue on with her life.

I am a big believer that the world works in mysterious ways because almost 2 years ago, through social media, Lauren and I connected over a piece of my art.  I was given the opportunity to work with her to create 2 custom pieces for her home in California.  Lauren went out of her way to show her support for my art journey and was always so gracious in her emails.  I remember being absolutely blown away by her kindness.

A couple of months later, on a trip out to L.A., I proposed that we meet for lunch and she agreed – indeed, I was floored.  I had just completed her book on the way out, "Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope", and suddenly could barely hold back my tears as I sat across from her.  I was so impressed and inspired by Lauren's spirit, beauty & courage after such a horrific life event.  As we sat and enjoyed our acai bowls, we very quickly connected over our love of health, mutual friends, and entrepreneurship.  I felt like we had known each other for such a long time!

Later, after I’d returned home to South Carolina, I recall reading an article Lauren posted regarding prosthetic limbs and the lack of support insurance provides to obtain them.  She mentioned the physical & spiritual healing that prostheses can provide.  My heart immediately began to hurt and I knew I wanted to help.  That's when I learned more about the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation.

In 2015, the LSK Foundation was started by Lauren, Lisa & Ashley (all touched by this) to help others obtain a "beautiful prosthesis."  Together with the National Christian Foundation and ARTech Laboratory, they seek to provide funding for girls and women to receive cosmetic silicone coverings for their prostheses, with the hope that they will experience both physical and spiritual healing.

In honor of Lauren, I have created a limited edition, 9" x 12", signed, and numbered giclée print to raise funds.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation.  To receive a signed print, please make a $125 donation to LSK Foundation and email a screenshot or receipt of your donation to holler@dorothyshain.com with your mailing address.  A print will then be mailed out to you on Friday, December 15th.