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Young M. D. Anderson Patients Do Not Let Their Cancer "Bug" Them When Drawing for the Children's Art Projec

Young M. D. Anderson Patients Do Not Let Their Cancer "Bug" Them When Drawing for the Children's Art Project
M. D. Anderson News Release 03/07/00

HOUSTON - The Children's Art Project at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center buzzes into springtime with a new everyday greetings line, which features bugs and birds, flowers and butterflies, a funny green frog, brightly colored fish and bunnies galore.

These hints of spring are found, of course, in the form of the traditional greeting cards produced by the project. But, the Children's Art Project continues to expand the scope of its wares. Each Children's Art Project product features artwork created by the children at M. D. Anderson. Their art inspires note cards, gift bags, notepaper cubes, tote bags, t-shirts, jewelry, silk scarves and neckties and more in this unique product line.

This year, whimsical magnets made of a rubbery, dimensional plastic ($4 each or $11 for a set of a bug, dragonfly and frog) are sure to become favorites for end-of-school teacher gifts. There's an adorable bug note cube that matches these, too ($10). And, these funny bugs also come in sterling silver pins for those who want to wear them - just stick them on your shoulder ($18 each or $34 for the set).

An all-seasons birthday package, complete with bug party invitations with red envelopes and bug thank you notes with blue envelopes (both $5/package of 10), is new this time around. Then pack your gift in the matching gift bag, suited out with tissue paper and a gift card, which sells for $3.75.

T-shirts always scream spring and summer fun. The art project features two new ones, a dragonfly ladies t-shirt ($16) and a funky fish design ($14). Those fish found on the t-shirt are also in the swim on a great picture frame ($14) and in a note card version (10 to a package/$7).

The much-acclaimed children's book Bunnies in my Head, is still available this year and is now offered at the sale price of $15. A 24-carrot classic, the book was inspired by the pink, lopsided blob of a bunny with mismatched green eyes drawn by Hunter Lombard when he was five. Written by local author Tricia Tusa around artwork from the children of M. D. Anderson, the book, in turn, generated two other related items: a bunny puzzle-in-a-can ($12) and that infamous pink bunny himself, who is appropriately named Tomorrow, in soft plush form ($10).

Proceeds from all Children's Art Project product sales funded more than $1.2 million worth of patient programs at M. D. Anderson just this year. An in-hospital classroom, summer camps, educational field trips and 58 college scholarships for current and former patients are just a few of the programs that make life better for children with cancer.

Buy your everyday greetings - and other Children's Art Project products - at Albertson's, Belden's, Bering's, Foley's, H-E-B Pantry, Kroger, Market Basket, Randalls and gift shops at M. D. Anderson. All products may also be purchased from the Children's Art Project headquarters at 1100 Holcombe Blvd., on-line at www.childrensart.orgor by calling 713-792-6266 or 1-800-231-1580 to place an order or receive a free catalogue.


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