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Pediatric Cancer Patients Design New Spring Collection

purple butterfliesSpring is finally here! The flowers and trees are blooming, the sun is shining and the Children’s Art Project (CAP) at MD Anderson has a fresh new line of products ― just in time to celebrate the season.

Over the winter, pediatric cancer patients were busy developing new and creative ideas to incorporate the arrival of spring. Each child’s personality is reflected in their unique artwork, which then becomes a new product available to the public.

“Each year we are amazed at the imaginations behind so many of our young artists,” says Shannan Murray, executive director of the project. “Their hard work and spirit is represented in each new design.”

The all-new Butterfly Sticky Pad, designed by Zoe, 14, of Spring, Texas, features 75 self-adhesive sheets perfect for placing on the refrigerator or on the desk at work. In addition, the pad edge is bevel cut and designed to resemble the outside wings of a butterfly. Each pad is available in a large and small size for $10.

For gardeners taking back their yards after a long winter, CAP created special items to suit their tastes as well. The floral-inspired Busy Garden Weekly Planner Pad contains 60, 12-by-4 ½ inch sheets with a series of bright petunias, sunflowers and buzzing bumble bees. It is available for $15 and makes a great springtime gift.

A springtime collection wouldn’t be complete without a cool umbrella, just in case that downpour arrives sooner than expected. CAP’s Flower Power Umbrella is made of 100 % nylon and has an automatic opening. Designed by Gatlin, 8, of Huntsville, Texas, it displays watercolor artwork and swirling designs.

The kids didn’t forget about our friends in the animal kingdom, either. Adding to a growing collection of ornaments that is spurred in part by a collaboration with famed ornament designer Christopher Radko, CAP is expanding its distinctive collection. The Glitter Fish Ornament is a special item made of blown glass, lined with sterling silver, and then hand painted. Available for $50, this piece will impress for many years.

“With each design and new product, we are affirming our commitment to making life better for kids with cancer,” Murray says. “Since CAP began, almost $27 million has been returned to fund patient-focused programs at MD Anderson.”

Houston shoppers can find items at area grocery stores and other small retail establishments (stationery items only), the Children’s Art Project Boutique in the Uptown Park Shopping Center and at all four MD Anderson gift shops. The products are also available online or by calling 800-231-1580 to place an order or receive a free catalog.

Family Matters - Spring 2010

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