Sick Kids Give Back Through Brush Strokes

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Sick kids are finding a way to give back to help kids like themselves.

A group of patients from the Palmetto Health Children's Hospital made paintings that will eventually sell at an auction in Nov.

It all came together through donated studio time, art equipment, supplies and the Palmetto Health Foundation.

"Having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness really just turns your world upside down," said Sheila Hemingway, a mother who was with her son, Keldon. "Shots and treatments and bad news -- it just makes them and their siblings grow up quicker than a child not diagnosed would grow up."

The moment Hemingway's 13-year-old son was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2008, life became a fight for normalcy.

"It just totally changes your perspective on life," Hemingway said.

Sunday afternoon at the Tag it Art studio on Forest Dr. in Columbia gave them and a few other kids with life-altering something to look forward to.

"Looking forward to Christmas is actually fun," Keldon said. "Most cases when I'm painting, it makes me very calm. I don't have to worry about everything else. It puts me in a mind of stress free."

There were no doctors, no hospitals, no mention of sickle cell or spina bifida, which gave Braden Green, 8, a chance to just paint.

"Painting, you don't have to take any shots, and at the hospital you have to take shots," Braden said.

For just one afternoon, the building became not just an art studio, it became normal.

"I love these times when he's happy or has his creative juices flowing; those are good times," said Brenda Green, Braden's mother.

The art work the kids made will be sold at the "Festival of Trees," which is being held in its 25th year.

It will feature decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday items up for bid along with the paintings.

The art work the kids made will benefit the Palmetto Children's Hospital.


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