In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the St. Baldrick's Foundation ">http://www.stbaldricks.org , a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has launched the 'Creative Corner', an online gallery of art created by children affected by cancer.
With its theme, Conquering Cancer through Creativity, the Creative Corner features original artwork from the foundation's Honored Kids and their family members. Each year more than 160,000 children worldwide - more than 15,000 in the U.S. alone - are diagnosed with cancer, which affects their lives and the lives of their families forever. For many children, art is an outlet for handling the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis. As part of the foundation's efforts during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, St. Baldrick's will select artwork to display and showcase the amazing creativity and passion of the organization's honored kids and their families. A new piece of artwork will be unveiled each weekday throughout the month.
"The beautiful artwork that our Honored Kids and their family members have created will share a glimpse into their lives, as it has been touched by cancer," says Kathleen Ruddy, executive director for the St.Baldrick's Foundation. "Some of the pieces make you smile, while othersmay bring tears to your eyes. Our hope is that people will view the artwork throughout the month, but even more importantly, we hope it will affect them in a way that leaves them feeling compelled to take action and get involved. St. Baldrick's is proof that one person, one bald head or one donation can truly make a difference in the life of a child with cancer."
St. Baldrick's coordinates worldwide head-shaving events where volunteer"shavees" raise money by collecting pledges to shave their heads. The funds raised are distributed by the St. Baldrick's Foundation in the form of grants, fellowships and scholar awards, to further childhood cancer research.
The Creative Corner was inspired by Averi Valdivieso, who battled Ewing's Sarcoma for three years. Averi's cancer relapsed twice and at 16, she passed away, leaving behind a legacy of artwork, compiled of poems, mosaics, sketches and paintings. The first piece of artwork to be unveiled in the Creative Corner will be Averi's inspiring watercolor entitled, "Energy ."
"It's the healing hand, the hand of love," says Roxie Valdivieso, Averi's mother, as she describes her daughter's painting. "Averi knew who she was; it was in her artwork. She wasn't afraid of where she was going."
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About the St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is grateful to its many volunteers (bald or not!), donors and sponsors, including Allied World, elope and PartnerRe. For more information about St. Baldrick's, please call 1-888-899-BALD or visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/