Her smile widened as Emma Stumpf sorted through small plastic bags filled with art supplies that are going to hospitalized children. The bags are filled with play dough, stickers, markers and paper, so patients at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health can make cards for their families or draw pictures that show how they’re feeling. Emma spent lots of time over the past five years at the Indianapolis hospital, receiving treatment for an inoperable brain tumor. The hospital already has an art room where children can paint and draw, but Emma couldn’t always participate because chemotherapy treatments to shrink the tumor left her too sick.
That gave the 12-year-old sixth-grader at Clark-Pleasant Intermediate School an idea and a goal to provide art supplies to 300 Riley patients who might not feel well enough to make it to the hospital’s art room.
Emma and Lisa Durst, her art teacher at Clark-Pleasant Intermediate School, have collected enough art supplies for the first 300 art kits. But the pair want to keep the program going, so that children at Riley are never without art supplies.