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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