Co-chair, Debbie Hulick’s history with the American Craft Exposition began when she was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer seven years ago. As a patient at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Kellogg Cancer Center, she received unparalleled care from her doctor, Gustavo Rodriguez, and nurses. In particular, Dr. Rodriguez played a significant role in her recovery by always being compassionate and never making her feel as though she was sick. His upbeat and positive attitude translated to Debbie who always remained optimistic through treatment.
Upon entering remission, Debbie knew she wanted to give back to the hospital and staff who had given her so much. Becoming involved with the American Craft Exposition (ACE) four years ago, was a natural fit as the show supports Dr. Rodriguez’s pioneering ovarian cancer research at NorthShore.
“Dr. Rodriguez’s research is extremely valuable and will affect the lives of women for generations to come,” said Debbie. “I’m proud to be part of an organization that emphasizes the importance of protecting our daughters and their future daughters.”
As an ovarian cancer survivor, Debbie knows firsthand the hardships that women battling cancer encounter and is working hard, through ACE, to help women of all ages overcome the disease. Her advice to women undergoing treatment is to not dwell on the cancer, stay positive, keep moving and always remember to laugh and smile daily.
Currently, Debbie is working around the clock to ensure that this year’s ACE is the best show to date. She is especially excited for artist Thomas Marrinson to join the show as a first time exhibitor. His brightly colored ceramic bowls create a stunning display and are sure to “wow” attendees – Make sure to check out his booth at this year’s show!