A Feel-Good Success

Kid cancer patients raise more than $30 million with their artwork

Kid cancer patients raise more than $30 million with their artwork

Daniela Perez at MD Anderson Children’s Art Project Ceremony 2013
Daniela Perez shows off one of her drawings at the ceremony.  Photo by Derrick Wilturner
Jose Lugo at MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project 2013
Jose Lugo holds up his drawing that was on display during the ceremony. Photo by Derrick Wilturner
MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project Ceremony
The Children's Art Project has contributed over $30 million to help fund patient-focused programs. Photo by Derrick Wilturner
Daniela Perez at MD Anderson Children’s Art Project Ceremony 2013
Jose Lugo at MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project 2013
MD Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project Ceremony

What could be better and more personal than a hand drawn picture on the front of a card?

The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center used this idea to start the Children's Art Project. Putting a patients' artwork on seasonal note cards and gift items has now raised more than $30 million to help fund patient-focused programs.

“Our goal at the Children’s Art Project is to make life as normal as possible for patients,” Shannan Murray, executive director of the Children’s Art Project says. “The art classes are just one way we do this by giving patients an outlet to express themselves and connect with their peers.”

A beautiful ceremony recently took place in Alkek Park to honor the cancer patients who participated in The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project.

In order to honor and admire each child’s contribution, all the art work was on display. The kids also received a medal for their contributions.

“It’s great seeing both current patients and long-term survivors come together to celebrate their designs,” Murray says. “It’s their creativity and artwork that allows the Children’s Art Project to fund numerous patient programs for children at the hospital.”

The patients were clearly proud to show off their pictures to everyone.

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