At this time of year, and given the tenseness currently permeating the country, it sure does help to know that the holidays are coming. And it would feel even greater to do an act of kindness, especially one that benefits a child. So please let me take a few moments to tell you about Children’s Art Project at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
MD Anderson is the #1 hospital for cancer care in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. The center’s Children’s Art Project offers merchandise inspired by artwork that was created by MD Anderson’s pediatric patients. The net proceeds from the sale of art-inspired merchandise help fund pediatric education and creative arts programs as well as support groups and camps.
Well over 10,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. A cancer diagnosis is life altering, especially for kids. I have not one, but three friends whose children had pediatric cancer. All three families have scars from the experience that stay with them always. And while not all three families had the same outcome, they are all eternally grateful for the care their children were given.
Gifts that Support Pediatric Cancer Patients
For kids and teens at MD Anderson, creating art during their cancer treatment can be therapeutic. The artists whose artwork is chosen for CAP products are inspiring others by bringing happiness to the world through their uplifting designs while also helping kids who are fighting cancer. Kids such as Ksenia Voronina, who was diagnosed four years ago with a desmoplastic small round cell tumor at the age of 12.
Ksenia traveled from her home in Russia to Houston to receive cancer treatment at MD Anderson. It’s obvious that she pours herself into her artwork. I especially appreciate that Ksenia adds unexpected and whimsical details to her designs, making them feel fun and joyful. I’m inspired by children like Ksenia who participate in Children’s Art Project and bring happiness to others through their artwork, while helping kids who are fighting cancer.
Wouldn’t it feel fantastic to get a gift that gives back this holiday season? Since the launch of Children’s Art Project, thousands of pediatric patients have participated in art classes, and additional funds have been contributed to pediatric patient programs. So please consider holiday gifts that support pediatric cancer patients, and your gift will give twice.
There are clothing items, Christmas decor, notepads, hostess gifts, and more. Perhaps my favorite items may be the beautiful Christopher Radko hand blown glass ornaments, such as this 75th Anniversary MD Anderson Radko Boot Ornament.
I also love this Happy Tree dish and spreader which makes a terrific teacher gift idea!
I’m also kind of in love with this chalkboard Blue Angel ornament.
You can purchase holiday gifts that give back on Children’s Art Project’s website, and get 20% off by using the coupons code ESB20 at checkout!
This year, my husband and I have decided to give our children each a small budget and let them purchase a gift that gives back, so that two recipients will receive their act of kindness. After the year this country has experienced, I want them to know that there is still kindness in the world.
As the saying goes, our children are our future. And now more than ever, our future needs you. Please consider giving a gift that gives back this holiday season. Visit MD Anderson’s Children’s Art Project to check out the products and http://mdanderson.org to learn more about MD Anderson’s mission.
After all, no act of kindness is never wasted.
Disclosure: This content was sponsored by MD Anderson Cancer Center but all thoughts and opinions are my own. #ad
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