If you were at Penland during the fifth session, Summer 2012, it was hard to miss Helene Lumia (seen here on the left). She was in Beth Lipman and Leo Tecocsky’s hot glass workshop. Her roommate at Penland, Anne Fiala, and others have written to let us know that Helene is now entering life as a quadriplegic after a cyst on her spine was removed this summer. According to Anne, Helene’s family is working to renovate Helene’s home to make it workable, and to bring Helene back to Buffalo, NY, from Atlanta, GA, where Helene received surgeries and is in treatment. Helene and her family are in need of financial help. Please visit the fundraising page Helene’s friends and family have set up here.