Fundraiser helps grieving family

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Sisters Cindy Harris and Beth Boykin joined forces this week to help a dear friend of their children.

Harris and Boykin are coordinating a fundraiser, Art for Hearts, to assist Sarah Galperin Buchanan with expenses after the death of her 4-month-old son, Rylan.

Last week, Wilson police arrested and charged Rylan’s father, 30-year-old Brian Christopher Buchanan, with first-degree murder and felony child abuse with serious physical injury.

Harris, whose daughter, Allyson Cooke, is a good friend of Sarah’s, said those who know Sarah were overwhelmed to hear the news.

“The sadness is overwhelming from it,” Harris said.

After the initial shock, Harris wondered, “What can we do?” Someone suggested a raffle.

Harris is an artist, and Boykin and her husband own Framer’s Alley in Elm City.

Harris decided to raffle two custom pen and ink drawings; Boykin offered to frame them.

From there, others added to the list.

“It just started growing,” Harris said.

Many of the donors are former Fike High School classmates of Sarah.

The list of donated items, which keeps growing, includes a canvas photo by Timothy Johnson; gift certificate from South Boutique; tickets to three shows, two tickets each, from the Dunn Center in Rocky Mount; a photography session for a family of five by Laura Blalock Photography; original wall hangings and dream catchers by Amanda Adkins; a gift certificate from Grass Groomers; photo art on canvas by Caitlan Driver; a chalkboard custom plaque from Kelsey Harper; painted furniture from Pat Pridgen; original artwork from Tonia Miller; and items from Dallas Jewelry and Mario’s Boots in Greenville.

Harris said the reason for doing the fundraiser for Sarah is simple: “It’s all because we love her. Her heart is broken in every imaginable way.”

Sarah has told Harris that she is very grateful for their efforts.

Harris said every penny of the money raised will go to Sarah. Already, they have raised around $800, and she knows the amount will grow.

The drawing for prizes will be held Feb. 28. If you’d like to purchase a chance to win an item and help out, visit Framer’s Alley at 112 E. Main St., Elm City, or pay through PayPal under cindyharrisartwork@gmail.com. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. For more information, call Harris at 252-266-3993 or Allyson Cooke at 252-266-3773.

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