Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How Fingerprints Will Raise $100K for Cancer Research

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How Fingerprints Will Raise $100K for Cancer Research

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FINGERPRINTS of Sunshine Coast kids and adults will appear among 2000 others in an artistic project aiming to raise more than $100,000 for breast cancer research.

Artist Marie Ramos brought the Heart as Big as Yours project to Maroochy- dore on Saturday, inviting those wanting to help to cast their fingerprints on ceramic tiles that together will create a massive mural of support.

Dance3D hosted the fundraiser with a bake sale and sausage sizzle also helping to raise funds.

Participants paid a $50 donation to have their fingerprints taken in a heart shape on a ceramic tile with their initials.

All funds go to the Love Your Sister charity, which has already raised $5.4m for breast cancer research.

The fingerprint hearts pay tribute to terminally ill Love Your Sister founder Connie Johnson, who Mrs Ramos said had the "biggest heart".

"I've just gone big, just using her as an inspiration to every minute of your life, do the best you can," Mrs Ramos said.

Now in her eighth month collecting prints, Mrs Ramos is halfway to her goal of 2000 tiles, but time is running out as Ms Johnson's condition deteriorates. Ms Ramos's goal is for Ms Johnson to see the finished artwork before cancer takes her life. …

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