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Family Matters - Spring 2009

New Spring Products Out in Stores

Spring has sprung in the Children’s Art Project, and flowers abound on many products. From “Flower Power” to the “Patchwork Flower” to the “Busy Garden,” there are blossoms everywhere. Young artists from the Children’s Cancer Hospital have again put their talents onto paper as evidenced in the Spring Collection for the Children’s Art Project.

Flowers and animals dominate the products, which range from greeting cards to note pads to tote bags and umbrellas. There’s a new set of “Flower Power” drink coasters, too.

And, in Texas, spring always means bluebonnets, so the traditional representation is there on beverage napkins and a ceramic cup. April showers are covered with the “Butterflies” and the “Busy Garden” umbrellas. In fact, you can wear a garden around your neck with the “Busy Garden” silk scarf and carry one in your hand with the design’s tote bag.

While whimsical animals roar forth on an “Animal Parade” picture frame and a “Lion” necktie, use the “Flowerbed” garden clogs to walk quietly through the “Animal Jungle” note cards, list pads and thank you cards.

Almost 30 young patients had a hand in designing the new Spring 2009 Collection. Products are available online at www.childrensart.org or in small local retail stores, area grocery stores, the Children’s Art Project Uptown Park Boutique and the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center gift shops.

Children's Art Project Funds Special Rehabilitation Ski Trip

In early January, pediatric patients, families, childhood cancer survivors and their doctor chaperones from the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M. D. Anderson made their annual trip to Park City, Utah, for the rehabilitation ski trip.

Ranging in age from young teenagers to 40-something adults, all are survivors of cancers that left them physically disabled. Many will learn to ski, a challenge that requires physical strength and ability, despite having an amputated leg or impaired vision, for the first time in their lives. Each patient/survivor skier is paired with a special instructor from the National Abilities Center at Park City Mountain Resort.

Every January since 1982, the ski trip is made possible through funds from the Children’s Art Project and is part of an extensive pediatric psychosocial program at the Children’s Cancer Hospital. When disability occurs in childhood or adolescence – a time when self-concept and identity are evolving – it can be especially traumatic. Learning to ski not only provides physical rehabilitation, it helps create a positive self-image, while having a blast with their peers.

To view a video of the 2009 ski trip, visit the rehabilitation ski trip page.

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