West Side youth creates Thumbprint design for Relay for Life
Young entrepreneur Breeânna Love Kiser is using her talents to help others fighting a dehabilitating disease -- just as she does herself.
The daughter of Kenny and Lisa Alto Kiser of Charleston’s West Side, Breeânna, 10, along with her brother, Logan, 13, are the proprietors of Thumbprint Canvas. They launched their business two years ago, Lisa, owner and operator of Alto Design, said.
For the second year, Breeânna is making a Thumbprint Canvas original design to benefit the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Her art piece, called “The HOPE Tree,” is fashioned with the one-of-a-kind thumbprints and signatures of individuals.
Breeânna knows the value of helping those in need. When she was 19 months old, she was diagnosed with Autoimmune Liver Disease. Since then, she has traveled to Cincinnati twice a year for blood work and other treatment. She is also on a daily regimen of about 20 medications.
Community members have rallied to help the Kisers defray her medical expenses. A fundraising Easter Egg hunt on the Flinn Elementary student’s behalf was held earlier this spring at Sissonville High School.
“Breeânna loves to create things that mean a lot not only to her, but she tries to reach into the emotions of other people in their journeys through life,” Lisa said. “Breeânna always donates her time and talent toward this great cause. Her grandmother fought Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and had gone into remission before she died of complications from her amputation of her second leg from diabetes.”
Breeânna’s 2017 creation will be unveiled on Tuesday, May 23, at a survivors’ dinner at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6823 Sissonville Drive in Sissonville. Cancer survivors and caregivers in attendance will place their thumbprints and signatures on Breeânna’s canvas.
The canvas will later go to the Relay for Life event June 2 and 3 at Camp Virgil Tate, where more thumbprints and signatures will be added to it. The finished work will be given away as a door prize or raffled to benefit Relay for Life.