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Sick kids make beautiful art: Fighting spirit of young M.D. Anderson patients celebrated in $30 million project

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M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Courtney O'Neil, Natalie Agee, Molly Ferguson, Ashley Loeffler
Courtney O'Neil, from left, Natalie Agee, Molly Ferguson and Ashley Loeffler at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Claire Westmoreland, Michael Westmoreland
Claire and Michael Westmoreland at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Regina Rogers, Ruthie Williams, Jennifer Gravenor
Regina Rogers, from left, Ruthie Williams and Jennifer Gravenor at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Ashley Loeffler, Nancy Loeffler, Lauren Loeffler
Ashley Loeffler, from left, Nancy Loeffler and Lauren Loeffler at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Kristin Thrasher, David Herr, Laine Santamaria
Kristin Thrasher, from left, David Herr and Laine Santamaria at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Joyce Ahearn, Phyllis Pittman, Claire Cormier Thielke, Lisa Parigi
Joyce Ahearn, from left, Phyllis Pittman, Claire Cormier-Thielke and Lisa Parigi at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Jennifer Gordon, Christina Van Os
Jennifer Gordon, left, Christina Van Os at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Emily Brlansky, Jill Brlansky
Emily Brlansky, left, and Jill Brlansky at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Courtney O'Neil, Natalie Agee, Molly Ferguson, Ashley Loeffler
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Claire Westmoreland, Michael Westmoreland
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Regina Rogers, Ruthie Williams, Jennifer Gravenor
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Ashley Loeffler, Nancy Loeffler, Lauren Loeffler
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Kristin Thrasher, David Herr, Laine Santamaria
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Joyce Ahearn, Phyllis Pittman, Claire Cormier Thielke, Lisa Parigi
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Jennifer Gordon, Christina Van Os
M.D. Anderson Gold Star luncheon September 2013 Emily Brlansky, Jill Brlansky

There is proof positive that the creative talents of youngsters cannot be thwarted, even in the face of serious illness. Just check in with the youthful patients at M.D. Anderson, who each year create artistic designs that are featured in the sale of gift merchandise to raise funds for pediatric patient programs at the cancer center.

Those talented artists were spotlighted at the annual Gold Star luncheon on the ice rink at The Galleria, luncheon co-sponsor along with the Children's Art Project. Youngsters who participated in the program were all presented awards for their work. Their talents generate funds for programs that touch more than 26,000 pediatric patients and their families. Since its founding in 1973, the art project has generated more than $30 million.

Sharing the notoriety with the young patients were luncheon honorees Nancy Brown Loeffler, Ashley Copeland Loeffler and Lauren Loeffler Powers.

They were applauded by 370 attendees who were served lunch by A Fare Extraordinaire and who were entertained with a fashion show compliments of The Galleria, Neiman Marcus and Simon Fashion Now.

Heading up the event were Children's Art Project executive director Shannan Murray, professor and head of the M.D. Anderson's division of pediatrics Dr. Eugenie Kleinerman, Galleria director of marketing Jenny Harris and Simon Fashion Now style expert Jacque Ellis.

Supporters included Claire and Michael Westmoreland, Courtney O’Neil, Emily and Jill Brlansky, Jennifer Gordon, Kirsten and Anita Guerra, Laine Santamaria and Ruthie Williams.

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