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Journey Box for Killian Mansfield & Meaningful Gift Giving for All Seasons and Reasons

Killian Mansfield 7/9/1993 – 8/20/2009


I had the honor of making a Journey Box for Killian’s Memorial Celebration. The family gave me a collection of Killian’s collages and decorative papers that I used to cover the box. It was a moving experience working with this talented young man’s artwork. Like the Egyptians the box was filled with cherished possessions for his journey. For more details on this and other boxes see my Blog Page: Journey/Burial/Memento Boxes.

7724_144062633424_78217353424_2437735_481581_nKillian loved the story of the 1,000 cranes. Prior to his departure word was sent out for cranes to be made for his celebration. 12, 000 cranes arrived from all over the world. To read the originsl story go to: Sasaki.

Meaningful Gifts for all Seasons & Reasons

If you are looking for a gift to give to clients, friends or family consider some of the purchases below which benefit The Killian Mansfield Foundation.


Killian Mansfield was a 16-year-old ukulele wiz from West Shokan, NY who passed away on August 20, 2009 from an advanced and rare form of cancer. Days before his passing he released his dream project “Somewhere Else.” Recorded In a window of time between a long hospitalization last winter and entering hospice care this spring, “Somewhere Else” is an eclectic and uplifting labor of love. The album includes original songs and eclectic covers performed by Killian on ‘uke’ with critically acclaimed singers and musicians including Dr. John, Kate Pierson, John Sebastian, Todd Rundgren and Levon Helm. “Somewhere Else” is a benefit recording for the Killian Mansfield Foundation, which supports integrative therapies like acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology and nutritional advice for children with cancer.”  Killian started violin lessons at age 3. By age 9, Killian had established himself as an outstanding advocate and dedicated musician. Killian was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma at age 11. Throughout his medical journey, Killian refused to be defined as “a kid with cancer,” wishing instead to be known for his artistic achievements.

To purchase the CD including the beautiful booklet designed by Phil, Killian’s father, please go to

KMF_Logo_color-copyThe Killian Mansfield Foundation is a not for profit entity created to support and promote the use of integrative therapies for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. These innovative therapies reduce debilitating symptoms (such as nausea, stress and fatigue), which exhaust patients and their families. By expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and caregivers, patients and their families can focus on comfort and recovery. The current beneficiary of the Killian Mansfield Foundation is the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, which sustains an excellent Integrative Therapies Program. For more information, or to make a donation go to the Killian Mansfield Foundation:


Lucky Chocolates Handmade, luxurious, small batch chocolates made from organic and fair trade chocolate

A limited quantity of GRUMPY FISH (illustration created by Killian) Gift Boxed Chocolates remain. 50% of  proceeds go to the Killian Mansfield Foundation. I can attest that Lucky Chocolates’ creations are some of the best chocolate I have had, not too sweet, just right.

fair_trade_logoFair trade chocolate is made from cocoa beans bought directly from growers co-ops. The money goes directly to the farmers, by-passing the corporate middle-men, allowing farmers to be paid a living wage and avoiding slave and child labor.

For more information about their corporate gifts and specialty items see