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    The Need

    Mikey's Way Foundation (MWF) received its vision from its founder, Michael "Mikey" Friedman—a way to help connect and enrich the lives of children suffering with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

    MWF helps children cope with the isolation, boredom and fear associated with life-threatening illnesses. It is the goal of the foundation to be able to connect every child with their friends, family and school, enabling them to cope with the long hours, days and weeks of separation that they must endure. In creating a connection, we are in turn presenting the child with a form of diversion. This diversion is a necessary element to the Mind-Body connection, or Psychoneuroimmunology. The "Mikey's Way Connection Cart" circles the pediatric floors of the hospitals they serve, giving away all forms of electronics that permit the child to create their own diversion and thus allow for the Mind-Body connection. Every child is allowed to choose the item that they feel will work best for them.

    Since its inception in late 2005, MWF has been able to reach over 4,800 seriously ill children. Children who need to (in a word) ESCAPE. Please consider a shirt purchase or donation via their website to help!

    The Artist

    Mike West is an illustrator and graphic artist with an affinity for doodles, posters and printmaking. His creativity is fueled by burritos, craft beer, and punk rock. A Buffalo native with his roots in the West Side, Mike proudly calls the Queen City his home. You can view his work at mikewesteveryday.com, and follow him on Instagram— mikewesteveryday— for posts of his sketches (and cats).