When Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington made the decision earlier this spring to close the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, Gallery Director Julie Roberts said goodbye to the position she’d filled since 2010.
“What Julie accomplished in that role was more than we could have envisioned,” says former Ivy Tech–Bloomington chancellor John Whikehart. “She created gallery opportunities for art students in K-12 and at Ivy Tech, as well as for local and regional artists, and made the Ivy Tech galleries an integral part of the local arts scene. She brightened our whole community with her smile, her charm, and, above all, her artistic excellence.”
With the end of her employment at the Waldron, Roberts, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2019, also lost her health insurance. Now seven months into her chemotherapy treatment, Roberts faces at least six more months of radiation, surgery, and rehab.
“Julie must now deal with the hardships of continuing under that same medical coverage at her personal expense so she may remain in the care of her current providers and undergoing continued medical treatment for her cancer,” Whikehart says.
In order to assist Roberts and her family in the coming months, Roberts’ colleagues have created a GoFundMe campaign to cover her estimated $10,000 in medical expenses.
“Although she has been reluctant to ask for financial help, we are not reluctant to ask on her behalf,” Whikehart says.
To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, click here.