CHRISTMAS APPEAL – HELP JUANA LIVE
HELP JUANA LIVE
FOR A TASTER, CLICK ON THE YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOVE
The name of the podcast episode is: EPISODE 26: CHRISTMAS APPEAL – HELP JUANA LIVE and you can listen to the full episode here:
This year’s Extreme Holidays Podcast Christmas Appeal is in support of the Juana Flores Vegas. You may recall Juana was a guest on my show in Episode 19: Sailing the World. Juana has done many brave things in her time, not least sailing on the high seas, but now she is facing a new and extreme personal challenge after having been diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer.
I got to know Juana through her wife, the artist, Hannah Scott, who I met in China in 2009. Hannah and I spent a few weeks travelling together through Tibet and since then she has become one of my best friends. Hannah was also a guest on Episode 2: Cycling the World.
Juana and Hannah met in New Zealand in early 2019 whilst both were cycling around the country. Their relationship rapidly grew and they were married in October 2021. However, only a few months later, they received the devastating news about Juana’s diagnosis.
I was very moved during the recording and editing of this podcast. It wasn’t easy to edit, especially as it concerns two of my best friends, but Juana’s story is also incredibly inspiring when you hear how it has affected their lives and the steps they are taking to fight it.
The podcast also contains audio extracts from the art installation that Hannah created in aid of raising funds for Juana’s treatment. Short Walks In An Ideal Mediterranean Forest (2022) is a painting and audio installation that portrays a reflective journey exploring personal and ecological loss.
As Hannah says, “Through collaborative therapeutic acts of walking, conversation, and painting, my partner, Juana Flores Vegas, and I share events that followed a time spent at the Joya Arte + Ecologia artist residency in Andalucia, Spain.
The work documents the beginning of our journey coming to terms with cancer diagnoses, supporting each other, and aims to empower others through open conversation and building awareness.
It also reflects on the effects of climate change, species extinction, land abandonment and modern agriculture on the environment, connecting climate grief with personal bereavement through a sense of anticipated loss.”
Short Walks In An Ideal Mediterranean Forest (2022) © Hannah Scott
Please listen in to help Juana and also raise awareness of how this cancer can affect the young as well as the old.
YOU CAN DONATE TO JUANA’S LIFESAVING TREATMENT HERE:
FOR FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT HANNAH’S PAINTING/AUDIO RECORDING INSTALLATION IN AID OF JUANA, CHECK OUT THE LINK TO HER WEBSITE: https://www.hannahscott.com/portfolio/short-walks-in-an-ideal-mediterranean-forest/
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