Charity We Support

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Mission

Kids & Art uses the power of the arts and creativity to mitigate stress, anxiety, and trauma induced from diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer and other critical medical conditions.

Vision

Our vision is for an integrated care model where participation in the arts is part of a regular treatment plan for all critically ill pediatric patients.

Why It Matters

Kids Get Cancer

  • Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Once diagnosed, everyday life is turned upside down for the child and family.
  • Average length of treatment is at least 2-3 years.
  • Approximately 6 children die daily.

Art Heals

  • Studies show arts and creative expression improve the well-being of cancer patients and their care circles.
  • Research with children with cancer indicates that engaging in drawing and painting is an effective method for dealing with pain and other disturbing symptoms of illness and treatment.

Our History

The Kids & Art Foundation was founded in 2008 by Purvi Shah, a parent whose child was diagnosed with cancer at age three, then lost his life six years later.

Her inspiration came after seeing the healing impact moments of art and creativity had on all the members of her family while her son was in treatment for cancer.

Who We Serve

Pediatric patients with cancer and other medical conditions, their siblings, families, and support teams.