On Saturday, April 20, the Lindamood-Bell Learning Center in Roslyn will host a Young Artists Sale. The auction will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. The Learning Center is located at 20 Roosevelt Street in Roslyn.
The guest host is Christopher Simpson, a Sea Cliff teenager who is a survivor of Stevens Johnson Syndrome, an autoimmune disease often caused by an allergic reaction to sulfur-based antibiotics, ibuprofen, and anticonvulsant drugs. The disease can be fatal, and when the young Mr. Simpson was stricken with it in 1993, doctors told his parents that there was indeed a possibility that their son might die. However, following a blood transfusion, the youngster pulled through and today he is a freshman at North Shore High School.
Since his recovery, Christopher has dedicated himself to helping other victims of the disease. More specifically, he is intent on raising $1 million for the playroom at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Unit at Weill Cornell Center of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Other funds go to the Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation in Colorado, a support group for families who have been affected by the disease.
In the past year, Christopher and his friends have held several fundraisers, including a benefit concert at the Glen Head Community Center and a car wash, held last June. Some of the artwork at the Lindamood-Bell auction will be Christopher's own work. The auction will also feature hors d'oeuvres by Trattoria Diane's and champagne and wine by Champagne Pommery. One hundred percent of all proceeds and contributions will go the Cornell burn unit. Call Lindamood-Bell Learning Center at 625-5133 for more information.
Donations in general may be sent to Christopher Simpson, c/o Simpson Films, 21-29 45th Road, Long Island City, NY 11101. He can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.