Giving has always been part of me. And so the #BallparkPrincess project has grown into a way to reach out, share our mutual love for baseball and our mutual love for one another. I give away a lot of art, publicly on social media and privately to people I meet along my sports journey. I wanted to highlight this one giveaway that I did last week which was unique.
Sienna is a 12-year old from Seattle and she just found out that her leukemia has relapsed and will have to go through cancer treatment for a second time. Before she starts her medical fight again, the folks at Baseball and Bubblegum, a private “Make a Wish” organization, arranged for Sienna to do her two favorite things… baseball and Disney. They started the trip on the field at Safeco, and moved the vacation to Anaheim where they spend a couple days in Disneyland. Kelly, the wish organizer reached out to me for a commission to commemorate her experience. It was a moved by her story and instead of a commission fee, I agreed to draw this piece for her so long as I can meet Sienna at Disneyland and present the art in person.
— S. Preston (@PootPoot) September 9, 2016
Last week I got to complete @sienna_strong wish. A huge thanks to @sprestondesigns for not only drawing Sienna a custom picture with her favorite princess Belle with a @mariners jersey, but for also coming with me to meet her. Welcome to the #baseballandbubblegumfamily! Together we are #teamcoben #teamsienna and we will #strikeoutcancer! Everyone can make a difference!
I have to say, I almost get more joy from giving my art then the person receiving it. It fills my heart knowing that someone else’s life has been impacted, even in a little way, with my artwork.
Sienna is now back in Seattle, and back to fighting for her life.