Allison was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her femur a few short weeks after starting her senior year in high school. At diagnosis, the cancer had already spread to her lungs and lymph nodes. She started chemotherapy and a few months later had her entire left leg amputated. Chemotherapy stopped working and she enrolled in a clinical trial. That trial also failed. Allison passed away two days after graduating high school.
Throughout her battle, Allison remained positive and steadfast. She never let cancer touch her spirit. Her spirit always reflected love, care, grace, faith and creativity. Her spirit resides in our hearts. She was an artist and enjoyed everything Art - it was her lens into the world.
We set up the Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education through the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools in memory of Allison and the love she had for art and her commitment to giving back to a Community that supported her and our family. With tears in her eyes she would always say, "when I get better, I am going to give back!"
All soap sales will benefit the Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education. Donations can also be made directly to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools by clicking on the button below.