Children's Art Project Launches Pet Products With Special Canine Guest
Westminster Best in Show winner, Stump, visits pediatric cancer patients at M. D. Anderson
M. D. Anderson News Release 06/03/09
The Children's Art Project at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is launching a line of products for animal lovers at the hospital on June 10 with a little help from this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show champion, Stump.
Stump, known in the show ring as "Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee," will visit pediatric patients from the Children's Cancer Hospital at M. D. Anderson with his fellow dog pal, J.R., winner of the 2001 Westminster show. Their handler will teach patients how the dogs are trained for competition and will let the dogs show off some of their special tricks.
The 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel is the world's oldest dog to win the prestigious Best in Show title, but it was his ability to overcome a life-threatening bacterial infection years ago that serves as an example of hope to the pediatric patients. Stump and J.R. will be sporting the new Children's Art Project "Flag" bandana featuring the artwork of three pediatric patients, who will also be at the event.
"The mission of the Children's Art Project is to make life better for children with cancer, and we do this through funding programs such as creative arts, summer camps and child life that help children cope with their disease," said Shannan Murray, executive director of the Children's Art Project.
"Pets are comforting to children during tough times, so we hope that bringing Stump and J.R. to see the patients will be another way we can make their day better," said Murray.
In addition to the "Flag" pet bandana that launches this summer, the Children's Art Project is introducing a collection of dog ornaments from Joy to the World Collectibles. The five canines - "True Friend," "Loyal Friend," "Faithful Friend," "Devoted Friend," and "Constant Friend" - are a line of glass ornaments hand painted and blown in Poland. Each one wears the Art Project's "Flag" bandana.
Joy to the World has also created a special ornament that is a replica of Stump. These items will be for sale at the June 10 event, which begins at 11 a.m. in the hospital's PediDome on the 9th floor of the Alkek building.
The Joy to the World ornaments are the newest addition to the Children's Art Project line of pet products. The project also has "Candy Cane" dog shirts and "Joy Wreath" bandanas available for owners to purchase for their pets during the holiday season. All of the pet products are available for purchase online or at the Children's Art Project's Uptown store.
Close to $1.5 million in proceeds from the sale of products featuring patients' artwork go back to fund programs each year that benefit patients and their families in the Children's Cancer Hospital and M. D. Anderson. Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the Children's Art Project has donated in total more than $24.5 million to patient programs such as the in-hospital school, the Child and Adolescent Life program, summer camps for pediatric patients and their siblings, a rehabilitation ski trip and more. 06/03/09