Grace Lin, a popular author/illustrator of children's books, happily married Robert Mercer, a promising architect, in the spring of 2001. Less then a year later, Robert was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. During Robert's long months of chemotherapy and surgery, Grace created stories to amuse him. One of those stories was Robert's Snow.
After seven months of treatment, the future brightened for Robert and Grace. Robert was cancer free and Grace's story Robert's Snow was accepted for publication.
However, just as Grace finished the artwork for Robert's Snow, fate dealt them another devastating blow. Robert's cancer had returned.
While she was confident for Robert's remission, Grace wished to do something to help insure a better future. Using her book as a catalyst, Grace rallied her collegues to make this, Robert's Snow: for Cancer's Cure. Illustrators from all over the country (and overseas) will create original works of art to be auctioned online and the proceeds will be given to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for Sarcoma research, in honor of Robert.
These snowflakes are exquisite. A Who's-who of children's literature talent has participated. This is a wonderful cause and just looking at the snowflake gallery is a treat!