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Acton cancer survivor designs holiday greeting card for Dana-Farber, the Jimmy Fund

Posted by Laura Franzini  November 19, 2012 04:44 PM

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Courtesy of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This holiday greeting card, also available in blue, was designed by Michelle Nagel and is available online and in local stores.

For the second year in a row, Michelle Nagel's artwork is featured in the Dana-Farber Holiday collection of greeting cards, candles, and ornaments being sold to benefit adult and pediatric care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Nagel, of Acton, was treated at Dana-Farber for leukemia (ALL) from 2007 to 2009, and continues to have regular check ups after undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2008.

"Dana-Farber took very good care of me--not just medically, but personally," Nagel said in a press release from the Institute. "I'm happy to give back in any way I can."

For Nagel, the red and blue snowflake card designs she crafted are connected to her cancer battle. According to the press release, she remembers seeing the snow fall outside her window at Dana-Farber while she was in treatment, and the image remains with her.

"There's a lot of magic in snowflakes and watching them fall," she said. "What pulled me though is I never gave up hope--no one ever said to me, 'There's nothing more we can do for you.' Therefore, I never stopped hoping."

The Holiday Collection is cosponsored by Dana-Farber, the Jimmy Fund, and FedEx, and offers 16 new card designs created by local artists and Dana-Farber patients, as well as candles and ornaments with Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots themes.

According to the press release, an exclusively-designed Alex and Ani snowflake bracelet is also available, along with a "Knuckled Under by Wakefield" framed lithograph of Tim Wakefield pitching to Looney Tunes characters, signed by Wakefield.

The complete collection available can be viewed and ordered at www.Dana-FarberHoliday.org and at New England retailers like The Paper Store, Stop and Shop (cards only), Terrazza, the Crafty Yankee, and Cooper Jewelers.

For more information, visit www.Dana-FarberHoliday.org.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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