For 27 years, the Childrens Art Project at the University of
Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has made life better for children
with cancer. Each year, the project offers holiday, everyday, and
Valentine collections of note cards and gift items. The line also
includes gift bags, silk scarves, ties, sterling silver jewelry, and
other items featuring the young patients imaginative artwork.
Proceeds from 1999 card and gift sales have funded a record $1.5
million in programs benefiting M. D. Anderson patients, including
pediatric cancer research initiatives to improve the long-range
outlooks for children with cancer. The project expects to top these
figures for the 2000 season.
Thousands of community volunteers contribute their time and talents
to the project year round. To produce the large amount of art
involved, a record 48 designers participated in putting together this
years holiday collection. Last year, over 12,000 volunteers
donated more than 425,000 hours (the equivalent of 205 full-time
employees) to the project.
At the Childrens Art Project, we are proud to focus on
making lives better for children with cancer, said Shannan
Murray, director of the project. Their futures are important to
us, and our goal is to enable these young patients to grow up as
normally as possible, in spite of the fact that they face a
monumental battle with cancer. We like to think that its partly
because of the Childrens Art Project that M. D. Andersons
pediatric patients have brighter futures.
Products are available at retail outlets throughout the country,
online, and through direct mail. For a free catalogue or to place an
order, call 1-800-231-1580 or visit www.childrensart.org
on the Web.