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Giveaway: Connor Fogal Print

This summer, I went to an outdoor concert at Sky Tavern and there was a table with beautiful watercolor prints displayed.  Some high school girls standing near the table asked me, “Have you heard of Connor Fogal?” They then showed me this picture.

Connor Fogul

They proceeded to tell me about Connor, and how he is a local student who paints with a paint brush attached to his head because he was born with Cerebral Palsy.  I was absolutely blown away by the quality of his work, and knowing how he created these beautiful paintings.

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I purchased one of his prints, and when I got home, I visited his website, www.MyLOWNV.com to learn more about him (MyLOW stands for My Life On Wheels).  Not only is Connor an amazing artist, but he lives life to the fullest.  His website featured videos of him snow skiing, water skiing, sky diving and biking. MyLOW is an advocacy organization Conner founded to bring awareness to the world about all types of disabilities.  He shares his day-to-day life with the public through social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Go-Cam videos. He also wants to bring to light things people with disabilities face that most people don’t even think about. Along with educating via social media, Connor raises money to assist other people with disabilities in following their dreams. He recently donated a portion of his calendar sales to send four young people to the Sky Tavern Adaptive Program.

Connor is currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Path to Independence Program at the University of Reno, Nevada, which is a two year certificate program for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. However, because this program is a non-degree program that grants a certificate upon completion, Connor doesn’t qualify for student loans or grants. The program costs $10,000 for two years, and he will be taking classes in video editing, audio editing and photography. 

The drive and determination and talent of Connor Fogul truly inspires me.  Learning his story touched me so much that I decided I wanted to personally fund a RMB giveaway of one of his prints so that I could share his story with you and further support Connor as he sells his art to fund his education.

In order to enter, head on over to his website, www.MyLOWnv.com, and check out the prints he has for sale.  Leave a comment stating which one you would choose if you were a winner. 

I will pay up to $45 for one item out of Connor’s shop for the lucky winner.  The winner will be selected Friday at noon.

And while you’re at it, if you’re so inspired, follow Connor on Facebook, consider buying a print, visit his GoFundMe page for his education and check out this video of Connor and his sister on a local TV show.

 

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About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a tween girl and a rambunctious little boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. Lynnette has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. She is also on the board of Think Kindness, a local non-profit that inspires measurable acts of kindness. Lynnette loves to experience the outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She is especially thrilled to have her kids starting to love the same hobbies, and spends a lot of time shuttling them to the pool, Lake Tahoe or the ski area depending on the season. Lynnette’s life is a blur of kid activities, mediating sibling arguments, making homemade meals, and hugs and kisses, mixed with days of working in content marketing.

10 comments

  1. I love Frozen Lake! What a talented inspiration Connor is.

  2. Thank you for sharing this info!
    The Bear Cub would be my choice for my son’s room. 🙂

  3. Bethany Drysdale

    Do I have to narrow it down to just one? I really like “Yellow Pond” and “Spring.” Beautiful!

  4. How incredible! I’d heard about Connor from a friend who helped him through the Path to Independence Program; she raved about what a sweetheart he is…I had no idea he was an artist. How incredible! My favorite is “Spring”. What an inspiration!

  5. I love Moon Light. They are all gorgeous!

  6. Moonlight is gorgeous! Such great talent!

  7. Yellow pond is my favorite. He is doing fantastic work. What talent!

  8. Bmwfastfun@yahoo.com

    My brother would love the baseball picture in his office at UNR 🙂

  9. It’s great to see someone use their disability as a gift. I think Frozen Lake is beautiful!

  10. What an incredible young man! I would love any of his artwork to display in my salon