"I enjoyed finding different ways to express myself."
Keep celebrating the month of love with our Criss Cross Heart (POD) cards, inspired by art from Mauricio, 20. At age 12, Mauricio was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Shortly after his initial diagnosis, Mauricio traveled to MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital from Venezuela. Upon arrival, his cancer was at stage 4, meaning it had spread to other organs and throughout his body; he immediately began chemotherapy. The treatment caused him to lose his appetite and sense of taste for a few months. Daily walks through the pediatric inpatient units, Child Life activities, involvement in Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program classes (on-site school), and participation with Children's Art Project motivated Mauricio.
Mauricio remained in the hospital for almost three years. During his extended time in the hospital, Children's Art Project helped him wind down and provided an escape. He enjoyed finding different ways to express himself, learned patience, and blossomed into an artist. Mauricio submitted some of his pieces in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art competition, winning several medals. He also fell in love with pottery and painting.
Today, Mauricio’s cancer remains in remission and art continues to be an important part of his life. He continues to do oil paintings, primarily with Greek and Viking themes. Currently a professional powerlifter who likes bodybuilding and architecture, Mauricio hopes to inspire other cancer patients to keep going and never give up.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Children's Art Project. Each month, we’ll provide updates, promote survivorship, and share uplifting stories about what makes Children’s Art Project special.