When Pat was diagnosed with liver cancer in the 1990's, her insurance company refused coverage claiming her cancer was a pre-existing condition. The art community rose to Pat's support. Hundreds of works of art were donated by artists and as many collectors bought the art to raise money for Pat to cover her medical expenses. The publicity surrounding this outpouring of support helped pressure her carrier which eventually relaxed its disavowal of responsibility to provide coverage.
Pat established The Emergency Art Fund Trust for the funds raised for her benefit. The Trust funded Pat's medical expenses that were not reimbursable by insurance. The Trustees of the Trust included Pat and her husband Colin de Land. After Pat's death, The Trustees began work on establishing a Pat Hearn Foundation that would fulfill Pat's express wishes to use the balance of her Trust funds to provide medical care to individuals in the visual arts community with cancer.
After the untimely death from cancer of Pat's beloved husband Colin de
Land, the trustees decided to add Colin's name to the Foundation.
The Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide assistance for medical expenses to members of the visual arts community with cancer. Grants are provided based upon demonstrated financial need and are limited to members of the visual arts community in the New York Metropolitan area.
Donations are greatly appreciated. Your contribution will not only help us fulfill our Foundations' mission, but will also help further the memory of Pat and Colin.
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