October 22, 2018

Prechter Program Partners with 16 Hands

Sale of greeting cards to support bipolar disorder research

owner Jill Damon with the cards

Kelly Elizabeth Beld lived with bipolar disorder and passed away in 2013. Her daughter Jillian created a beautiful sunset painting from the memories of spending time together with her mom on the beach.

Kelly’s family created sets of cards featuring this painting to raise funds for bipolar disorder, a devastating illness that affects the whole family. Kelly’s family now works closely with the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program at the University of Michigan, supporting its research mission to find answers to bipolar disorder and enabling patients to live happier lives.

The cards are available at 16 Hands in Ann Arbor’s historic Kerrytown district. 16 Hands is a store that sells original, finely crafted objects of uncommon quality and character. The store began in 1975 as an artist collective of eight artists. It operated as a co-op for 13 years, exhibiting artwork by its members. Jill Damon eventually became sole owner.

“I have known many friends, family members and customers who were touched by mental illness,” says Jill. “I am happy to partner with the Prechter Program to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and contribute to their research funding. This illness can be devastating not just to the individual but to the whole family.”

The cards can be purchased in-store at
16 Hands
407 N. 5th Ave
Ann Arbor (2nd floor in Kerrytown)

or on the store’s website.

$10 is donated to the Prechter Bipolar Research Program by 16 Hands for each set of 10 cards sold.