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LuMind Foundation

November 16 - November 30

The mission of the LuMind Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome in order that they participate more successfully in school; lead more active and independent lives; and avoid the early onset of Alzheimer's Disease. LuMind’s vision is a world in which people with Down syndrome are fully included in academic and social environments and where they can live independently as adults, if they so choose. In recent years, private and public services, including early intervention, special education and job training, have greatly improved the lives of those who have DS. Nevertheless, cognitive challenges make it difficult for most to live independently during adulthood, and additionally most of those with DS experience the early onset of Alzheimer's Disease. LuMind is funding research that applies the information, tools and techniques resulting from the genome project along with recent advances in brain research to the study of cognition in Down syndrome. Their goal is the development of treatments that will improve learning, memory, and speech, and therefore enhance the lives of those with Down syndrome and their families. The majority of individuals with Down syndrome fall into the mild to moderate range of cognitive impairment. For many of these individuals, a 10%-20% improvement in cognitive ability would provide them with the ability to live independently, hold a job and be fully integrated within their communities. We are so excited to be partnering with such an incredible organization for the next two weeks!!
http://lumindfoundation.org/
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    LuMind Foundation

The mission of the LuMind Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome in order that they participate more successfully in school; lead more active and independent lives; and avoid the early onset of Alzheimer's Disease. LuMind’s vision is a world in which people with Down syndrome are fully included in academic and social environments and where they can live independently as adults, if they so choose. In recent years, private and public services, including early intervention, special education and job training, have greatly improved the lives of those who have DS. Nevertheless, cognitive challenges make it difficult for most to live independently during adulthood, and additionally most of those with DS experience the early onset of Alzheimer's Disease. LuMind is funding research that applies the information, tools and techniques resulting from the genome project along with recent advances in brain research to the study of cognition in Down syndrome. Their goal is the development of treatments that will improve learning, memory, and speech, and therefore enhance the lives of those with Down syndrome and their families. The majority of individuals with Down syndrome fall into the mild to moderate range of cognitive impairment. For many of these individuals, a 10%-20% improvement in cognitive ability would provide them with the ability to live independently, hold a job and be fully integrated within their communities. We are so excited to be partnering with such an incredible organization for the next two weeks!!


Loganisms

November 02 - November 16

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    Logan

    18 years old

Logan is a recent high school graduate and a minority owner of Paper Clouds Apparel. We met Logan virtually when he contributed art for a campaign and have enjoyed every moment of working with him and his incredible family! Logan's mom, Alison, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries. Logan has a fantastic sense of humor, optimism that is unbreakable, and love for all of the people (and many animals) in his life. We brought back Logan's Slombie design for this campaign and 50% of the proceeds will benefit Nick's Epic Battle to Defeat Osteosarcoma.    


Peach’s Neet Feet

October 19 - November 02

Peach's Neet Feet creates custom works of art on shoes that they donate to kids fighting life-threatening diseases or living with disabilities. These shoes are much more than just footwear. The love poured into the shoes serves as a random act of Kindness and Peach's Neet Feet is spreading a LOT of kindness around the country. The mission Peach's Neet Feet is simple: Madison (the founder of the organization) hand paints personally customized, canvas shoes to lift the "soles" of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses and life long disabilities, to share her passion for art and her desire to pay it forward. Due to the fact all shoes are donated and funding is limited, the scope of the project is for children who can fit in size 5T to age 18. Peach's Neet Feet focuses its efforts on those with pediatric cancer and other major health issues such as organ transplants, burn victims, and other childhood diseases that require lengthy hospital stays. Shoes from Peach's Neet Feet brings joy to children that are in active treatment and we're thrilled to be working to help raise money for this fantastic cause!
https://peachsneetfeet.com/
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    Peach’s Neet Feet

Peach's Neet Feet creates custom works of art on shoes that they donate to kids fighting life-threatening diseases or living with disabilities. These shoes are much more than just footwear. The love poured into the shoes serves as a random act of Kindness and Peach's Neet Feet is spreading a LOT of kindness around the country. The mission Peach's Neet Feet is simple: Madison (the founder of the organization) hand paints personally customized, canvas shoes to lift the "soles" of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses and life long disabilities, to share her passion for art and her desire to pay it forward. Due to the fact all shoes are donated and funding is limited, the scope of the project is for children who can fit in size 5T to age 18. Peach's Neet Feet focuses its efforts on those with pediatric cancer and other major health issues such as organ transplants, burn victims, and other childhood diseases that require lengthy hospital stays. Shoes from Peach's Neet Feet brings joy to children that are in active treatment and we're thrilled to be working to help raise money for this fantastic cause!


Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network

October 05 - October 19

The Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network (RGDSN) was formed by a group of parents and families with children who have Down syndrome. Before becoming a non-profit organization in 2008, members came together as volunteers to provide information, support, and activities for one another. This great organization seeks to increase awareness about Down syndrome, continue to support new parents and promote long-term relationships among those who have been touched by Down syndrome. They offer events and activities throughout the year to bring families and members of the community together for fun and networking and they hope to grow and be able to offer more programs and events for families. We are happy to be partnering with them to further their mission!
http://rgdsn.org
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The famous quote from Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it” has been the driving force behind the life of Tim Harris.  Born in 1986 with Down Syndrome, Tim’s life has been defined by exceeding expectations. As a 2004 graduate of Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tim was elected homecoming king by the highest margin of votes in school history.  During graduation week, Tim was also voted Student of the Year by the administration, faculty, and staff. In the fall of 2004, Tim moved to Roswell, New Mexico to attend Eastern New Mexico University.  Tim earned certificates in Food Service and in Office Skills and worked at a variety of local restaurants including CiCi’s Pizza, Golden Corral, IHOP, and Peppers Bar and Grill.  Tim lived in a college dorm and graduated in the summer of 2008. After college, Tim has worked as a host at Applebee’s restaurant in Albuquerque and has participated in Special Olympics competitions throughout New Mexico.  Tim enjoys basketball, volleyball, poly hockey, track and field, and golf.  He has won dozens of gold medals as a Special Olympian. Tim spent much of 2009 and 2010 living aboard a sailboat with his parents and traveling throughout the Bahamas.  Tim is now widely known throughout the Bahamas and is an excellent sailor and offshore fisherman. As entrepreneurs, the Harris family was looking for a way for Tim to succeed – just like his brothers. During high school, Tim worked as a host at a Red Robin restaurant in Albuquerque.  During this time, Tim learned a lot about welcoming guests at a restaurant and developed a loyal following of customers. After observing the effect Tim had on Red Robin restaurant and its customers, an idea emerged regarding Tim owning his own restaurant. In May of 2010, a lease was signed for a facility in Albuquerque and a construction company was hired for tenant improvements. Now, Tim is the proud owner of a restaurant and is devoted to making the world a better place!


Blast from the Past!

September 21 - October 05

These next two weeks we will be raising money for FOUR special causes with four designs from four great artists!! Read on to learn about each cause we are supporting during this campaign. We love working with Justin (he's been part of several Paper Clouds campaigns to date) and couldn't resist bringing back a fan favorite; his whale design. Sales of Justin's Whale design benefit Down Syndrome - Autism Connection. Down Syndrome - Autism Connection seeks to provide education and support to individuals with co-occurring Down syndrome and Autism. Help support this great organization with every purchase of Justin's design! Evelyn created the Rock Band design for her brother's babysitter, aide, and friend Rachel D'Avino. Rachel was killed at Sandy Hook but her memory lives on through Team Rachel. Rachel dedicated her life to improving the world for those with Autism and now her friends and family continue to support her in this goal. Team Rachel participates in fundraising for Autism and we are thrilled to donate to such a great cause! Our sweet little Emma created the cupcake and you loved it so much we brought it back, this time raising funds for Nationwide Children's Hospital. This great hospital is full of knowledgeable doctors that double as researchers and pour the utmost care into each patient. Their only focus is children so patients receive a specialized and precise kind of care that is not always available at a standard hospital. We are thrilled to contribute funds to this amazing place! Logan's Slombie is back and the money raised from his design will benefit Nick of Nick's Epic Battle to Defeat Osteosarcoma. We recently received devastating news about the state of Nick's cancer and are honored that we have the opportunity to help Nick cross some items off of his bucket list. He is such an incredible young man and his outlook on life has had an enormous impact on the whole Paper Clouds Team. Show Nick and Logan your love with each purchase of the Slombie design and help Nick live out his best days!
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Our Rockband design was created by Evelyn for her caretaker and friend, Rachel D'Avino. Rachel was a special needs teacher killed in her first week of work in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. Rachel had dedicated her life to making the lives of children and adults with autism better. Evelyn's brother, Andrew, has autism and Rachel spent much time with both siblings before her untimely death. To keep Rachel's memory alive, her friends and family formed Team Rachel. Team Rachel participates in as many Autism Walks and works to carry out Rachel's dreams of making the world a better place for those with Autism! Support Team Rachel with every purchase of the Rock Band design!

Justin is 32 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Just loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!! Justin has contributed art for three Paper Clouds Apparel campaigns and we're so excited to bring back one of your favorite pieces of his art for this throwback campaign!! Show some love to Justin and Down Syndrome-Autism Connection with every purchase of the Whale design!

Emma is a very happy 7 yr. old who loves life. She was born at 27 weeks and weighed 2 lbs. 14 oz. She developed a brain bleed at birth and this caused her to have Cerebral Palsy. She spent 72 days in the NICU and it was during her stay in the NICU when we realized how tough she would be. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy one week before her first birthday. Emma began physical therapy during her first year of life and she started school at the age of 18 months. The teachers and professionals along the way have helped Emma develop a positive attitude and have given her a life without limitations. She loves going to school so she can see her friends and has always been very social. During Kindergarten, Emma explained to her class why she was in a wheelchair and uses a walker. One of the kids asked, “What is Cerebral Palsy?” Emma answered, “When I was born, I got a boo-boo on my brain.” Emma has not let CP get in the way of her dreams. She has always wanted to dance and walk by herself. On June 6th, 2013 Emma had spinal surgery to help her reach her dream of walking. Emma took this surgery on with a smile and has undergone extensive physical therapy. She has made amazing progress and can now take up to 3 independent steps! She currently goes to physical therapy 3 times a week and continues to persevere. She has inspired many and we are very proud of what she has accomplished in such a short time. Emma recently had an assignment at school and was to give advice to a baby on their first day here on earth. This is what she wrote, "Some days you will pass the test. Some days you will get the answers wrong. Some days you will reach your dreams. Some days you will lose your grip. It's just how it is here. Enjoy your new life!" She is a beautiful, caring, and bright young lady. You can show Emma how much she rocks with every purchase of her Cupcake design. Even better, half of the proceeds from her design benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital!

Logan is a recent high school graduate and a minority owner of Paper Clouds Apparel. We met Logan virtually when he contributed art for a campaign and have enjoyed every moment of working with him and his incredible family! Logan's mom, Alison, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries. Logan has a fantastic sense of humor, optimism that is unbreakable, and love for all of the people (and many animals) in his life. We brought back Logan's Slombie design for this campaign and 50% of the proceeds will benefit Nick's Epic Battle to Defeat Osteosarcoma.    


Four Artists for St. Baldrick’s

September 07 - September 21

This campaign is a little bit different from our normal campaigns. This is the second time we've teamed up with St. Baldrick's and we are endlessly inspired by the stories of the children that have battled childhood cancer. We are thrilled to honor the memory of Ty, McKenna, and David and to encourage Max in his fight! St. Baldrick's is an organization that helps raise funds for kids cancer research. Not only are they a driving force behind finding new and better cures for kids cancer, they also pour time and energy into improving the level of care currently given to kids with cancer. We think that St. Baldrick's is doing something awesome and we're so happy to be working with them again.
http://www.stbaldricks.org/
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Meet SuperMax. When he was just four-and-a-half-years-old he was diagnosed with brain cancer. The next day Max had brain surgery and the tumor was partially removed. Over three weeks later he was released from the hospital and started what would be 1.5 years of chemotherapy. Max has received all of his treatment at CHOC Children's in Orange County, CA. Max was diagnosed with a rare and unusually aggressive form of a fairly common form of brain cancer. After two previous diagnoses, Max was last diagnosed with a Grade II/III Glioma. The tumor originated at the lowest part of the brain stem, growing out of the length of the brain stem, filling the fourth ventricle, invading the periphery of the cerebellum. Max is still fighting to this day. After five brain surgeries and two chemotherapy protocols, Max also completed 30 radiation treatments in the spring of 2014. Max is on a therapeutic super-boosted ketogenic diet as well. He is still thriving against all odds. Along with surgery and chemotherapy, Max has benefited from a full regimen of comprehensive-integrative therapies such as acupuncture, traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs and supplements, anticancer nutrition, hippotherapy, physical, speech and occupational therapies, swimming, regular physical exercise, and healing narratives. MaxLove Project is inspired by Max's cancer journey, by all of the tremendous benefits he gained from this holistic “whole kid” approach to healing. We believe that all SuperKids deserve every possible opportunity to thrive against cancer.

David Heard burst on the scene of life May 2, 2000 and his parents Tom and Susan could not have been more filled with joy and wonder at his arrival. Over the decade that David was on Earth he filled his parents and his sister Daisy with love. David was a prolific reader from epic tomes to comics to Sunday papers. He loved fantasy play and creating entire cities from his toys. David loved to eat well and often, especially sweet, juicy steaks and chocolate! David loved music and things related to music life; his loft was a DJ booth with disco balls and rapper swag all filled his room. Riding bikes, swimming, cracking jokes and of course sketching were other ways he filled his days. He loved people and long talks on any topic! He was a sponge for learning and his passion led to great academic success. Unfortunately, the cancer he had currently has no known cure after relapse so David died on February 10, 2011 but not before sharing some things he needed done in his absence. He told Susan that she had to get Daisy her UGG boots every year for Christmas as a gift from him because she was such an amazing sister, he insisted that Susan and Tom continue to raise funds at St. Baldrick's so that kids in the future didn't have to die from cancer to name a few. Susan, Tom and Daisy continue to embrace life as David did and fill their days skiing, at the beach or hosting fundraisers to fulfill David's most important wish. There hope is that one day there will be cures for families when they hear "your child has cancer."

On August 5, 2003, after 6 months of bed rest, McKenna Claire Wetzel was born. Big sister, Jordan, was excited to welcome her beautiful, blonde, green-eyed sister to the family. Years flew by, and the household was filled with the typical chaos that having two working parents and active children bring. Soccer games, gymnastics classes, music, vacations- they managed to do it all. McKenna grew into an extremely vivacious, bright, and athletic little girl with an infectious grin and a big heart. She brought joy to all those around her. Her family called her "Macky." In mid-January of 2011, McKenna came down with what her parents thought was the stomach flu. After the third trip to the doctor’s in a week, they were sent for a CT scan. They were told that McKenna had a mass on her brainstem, the worst possible place for a tumor. Soon after they learned that not only did McKenna have brain cancer, she had the worst kind possible, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). They were told that children do not survive this cancer and that they could expect to have nine to eighteen months with their daughter. With radiation and a clinical trial of oral chemotherapy, they were be able to reverse some of the effects of the tumor for a short time. However, after an exhaustive search of the best institutions in the country, they realized there was no cure. McKenna had always been amazing to her family, but now she showed a strength of character and grace that they didn’t know she possessed. This little girl never complained about her treatments, never cried because of them. She bore it all with stoic courage and never lost her sense of humor. She never complained, never cried, never asked why. McKenna lost her battle exactly six months from her initial diagnosis, two weeks shy of her eighth birthday. Macky loved the color turquoise, loved butterflies, and loved to draw. Her own drawings of butterflies directly inspired the little turquoise butterfly on her t-shirt. Every time her family looks at her butterfly, they are reminded that she is right there with them on their journey. You can learn more about Macky on her foundation's facebook page - McKenna Claire Foundation.

His parents call him SuperTy because he was their little fighter. Ty Louis Campbell, graced this earth for five beautiful years, and before he left he made it a better place to live. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 2 years, 10 months old and he passed away just days after his fifth birthday. Ty loved blue candy, superheroes, Max and Ruby and thumbing through toy books. He was astoundingly beautiful and always quick to smile. His sheer magnetism developed not because of the cancer that consumed him, but rather his love for life that defined him. After fighting valiantly for half his life, fists blazing, Ty was finally freed from suffering and beat cancer once and for all when he became a beloved angel on October 17, 2012. His eternal spirit lives on in our hearts, and his story continues to impact others. After Ty passed away, instead of gifts of flowers, his family asked his supporters to celebrate the joys of childhood in his honor. To allow their children to jump in muddy puddles (one of Ty’s greatest aspirations). To give piggyback rides to bed, to play with glitter, to get downright messy and have fun in celebration of Ty’s spirit, because that is how he wanted to live his life. As a result, his family is flooded with stories to this day of how SuperTy changed the world. So many, in fact, that they launched The Muddy Puddles Project to celebrate kids being kids in honor of those who can’t.

His parents call him SuperTy because he was their little fighter. Ty Louis Campbell, graced this earth for five beautiful years, and before he left he made it a better place to live. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 2 years, 10 months old and he passed away just days after his fifth birthday.


Down Syndrome Association of Houston

August 24 - September 07

The mission of this great organization is to build a brighter future for children and adults with Down Syndrome. Located in Houston, Texas, the DSAH is a resource center that offers Gymboree for babies, music therapy, a summer school enrichment class, bingo and spaghetti night for adults, and a movie night. They serve both the English and Spanish-speaking communities in Houston and are part of a collaborative program with the Houston Area Respite Centers hat offers respite care and services to parents of children with all disabilities. DSAH currently serves over 1800 families has seen membership grow 154.2% in the past year. We are so happy to be teaming up with them for this campaign!
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    Abbie

    15 years old

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    Jackson

    4 years old

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    Kendrea

    19 years old

Brian is 18 months old and was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Down syndrome does not define sweet Brian. Down syndrome is only a small part of who he is as well as other individuals with Down syndrome. Brian loves being outdoors and loves airplanes! He likes to make the sound of an airplane and motions his hand like an airplane when he sees one flying! Brian loves to splash in water with his big brother and blow bubbles in water. When Brian wakes in the morning he gives his family a big smile with hugs and kisses! Brian's family has learned so much from him and they continue to learn each day. Brian and other children with Down syndrome can learn and develop just like other children; they just need a little help, patience and understanding. Brian's sweet smile and contagious giggle brings his family and friends the simple joys of life. Watching Brian's determination, strength, heart and fun loving personality shows everyone the real meaning of happiness. Brian brings his family so much pride and an indescribable amount of love. He created the bluebonnet design for this campaign!

Abbie loves to draw and has had this love since she could hold a crayon.  She sometimes draws for hours at a time.  Abbie is also doing very well reading and writing.   As her confidence in her writing grew, she began to add words to her pictures.  This new style evolved into full blown illustrated stories!  When she isn't drawing, Abbie also loves to dance, play her guitar, and watch her favorite TV shows. She has three older sisters and they all get along like peas in a pod. Abbie has a special gift; everyone is attracted to her.  Her very presence lights up a room and puts everyone at ease!  She created the dog design for this campaign and is excited to help raise funds for the Downs Syndrome Association of Houston!

Jackson is 4 years old and lives in Manvel, TX with his Dad, Mom and little sister, Bella. He was born with Down syndrome, but it seems he didn’t get the memo. Jackson knows the alphabet, counts to 10 and even can spell his name! Jackson excelled at school and already graduated from PPCD. He will be attending a Pre-K class this year where he will be integrated with typical kids. He’s a very physically active little boy and is already an adrenaline junkie like his Dad. He loves to swim, climb on rock walls, draw with chalk, paint, play on his iPad and watch Veggie Tales. Jackson is very excited to work with us to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Houston!!

Kendrea enjoys listening to and singing along with music, dancing (she has some pretty cool moves), watching movies, playing with her friends, Barbie dolls, and being a teenager. She is one of Selena Quintanilla's and Justin Beiber's biggest fans! She created the faces design for this campaign!!


iCan House

August 10 - August 24

iCan House aims to educate, support, and enhance the lives of those with social challenges and their families.  This amazing facility is open to people ages 8 and up who experience challenges or difficulties with social interactions.  Many of the members have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Asperger's but, because the facility focuses on behavior rather than a diagnosis, a diagnosis is not required for participation. iCan House is unique because they focus on what their clients “CAN” do based on their individual abilities and strengths!  They believe a positive approach to changing behavior is critical. They want each person to feel successful, so they consciously position participants for success in social settings. Once clients know they can be successful and accepted, they want more which builds self esteem and confidence. Thus grows the motivation to keep learning and to experience social connections with others! We are so excited to work with the artists from Artists and Autism to support iCan House!  This awesome organization is solely dedicated to promoting autism acceptance through the arts.  All art for this campaign was created by artists in this organization.  
http://www.icanhouse.org/
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Jack Carl Anderson has Autism and works with his husband, Michael, mentoring children with autism through their organization - Michael Tolleson Savant Art Center in Seattle. You can learn more about Jack and his amazing organization on their facebook page - Michael Tolleson Savant Art Center.

Julia is 13 years old and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She was born in China and joined her family when she was 5 and a half. Julia had a hard life in China and when she came home she received diagnoses of PDD-NOS, ADHD and Reactive Attachment Disorder. School work is challenging for Julia and she works very hard with her wonderful teachers. Julia started drawing just before her seventh birthday. She loves to draw, paint, color and work with clay. She also loves dinosaurs, everything about Harry Potter and playing the cello. Julia is excited to be working with Paper Cloud to help raise money for ICan House and to see her dancing dinosaurs on shirts and hats!

Brittany is a Digital Illustrator/Animator/Writer/Doll & Jewelry Maker who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Art from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. She just graduated in May of 2014 and resides in Sidney, OH. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2009 at the age of 17, but Autism has not stopped her from pursuing her passions in life. She hopes to bring her stories and unique characters into fruition and send them out into the world for people to enjoy. She believes she can bring some fresh ideas to the world of Art, 2D Animation and one day Film. When she is not spending hours playing video games, she can be found writing and drawing her original stories and creations or working on commission pieces for clients.  Brittany created the mom design for this campaign!

Frank Louis Allen is a English artist who started creating art for arts sake in 2012. Since then, he has been picked up by galleries and had his pictures published in books. He works without a plan and lets his subconscious do most of the artistic calculations. He has PDD-NOS and an eye disease which is slowly deteriorating his retinas. Despite this he vows to keep creating art.  You can view more of his art on his Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/franklouisallen.  Frank created the sleeping lizard design for this campaign!


SenseAbility Gym

July 27 - August 10

SenseAbility Gym Incorporated is a nonprofit corporation serving special needs children in the greater Hopedale, Massachusetts area. Their mission is to provide a parent-led sensory gym, giving children with special needs a safe, fun, indoor area where they can play and accommodate their sensory needs. This is the first of its kind in the metrowest area of Massachusetts. SenseAbility Gym's goal is to create a community where its members feel welcomed and supported. They believe in the fact that all children deserve access to the types of therapeutic equipment used in their schools and their private occupational therapy clinics. They recognize that every special needs child is different and welcome all learning styles and abilities. The gym is a place where parents and children can go to socialize with other families who share similar challenges.
http://www.senseabilitygym.com/
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    Brooke

Brooke is an eleven year old soon-to-be middle schooler. She is generous, affectionate, funny as all get out, and, as you can see, a talented and prolific artist. She was diagnosed with classic autism at the age of three and, while she struggles with certain aspects of the disorder, she takes pride in being autistic and sees her autism as an integral part of what makes her the incredible kid that she is. One of her favorite places on Earth is SenseAbility Gym and both she and her mom are thrilled to support them in any way they can.  All designs from this campaign were created by Brooke!!


Tubie Friends

July 13 - July 27

Tubie Friends a non-profit group that is administered by two mothers whose children have feeding tubes and want to use their experience to make life easier for the thousands of children relying on feeding tubes for their nutrition. Tubie Friend Surgeons (TFS) are volunteers who care for or love tube feeders and donate their time and resources. Tubie Friends are stuffed animals with tubes that help take the mystery and fear out of feeding tubes.  Not only are Tubie Friends excellent for educational purpose, but they also offer great support to their people friends who need the help of feeding tubes to live a healthy life.  This amazing organization has created a support system through the Tubie community and we love that we are now part of their family!  To learn more about Tubie Friends, visit their website - www.tubiefriends.com.
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    22 years old

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    9 years old

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    16 years old

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    Sydney

    15 years old

Laycee was a full-term, 8 pound baby who was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (meaning her disphragm did not form completely and her intestines had been allowed to form in her chest causing damage to her heart and lungs).  For the first 21 days of her life, Laycee underwent surgical repair of her hernia all while being on a heart-lung bypass machine.  During this time, she suffered a massive stroke that destroyed a large portion of the left side of her brain.  Though doctors predicted she would never do more than "stare at the walls", Laycee has proven to have a fighting spirit.  Over the years Laycee has defied odds and learned to walk, talk, and read.  While she struggles with daily health challenges, she has a wonderful outlook on life!  Laycee has never been able to write or draw until recently when she began to draw pictures of the people she loves.  We are so excited to use Laycee's dog design to support Tubie Friends!!  

Caleb is 9 years old and loves to play outside, chop wood, and go fishing.  He loves to draw dragons and is excited that one of his dragons is part of this campaign for Tubie Friends.  Caleb was born prematurely and has on-going stomach and intestinal issues that require him to be tube fed.  He experiences a lot of pain in his abdomen when he eats and recently was able to change his feeds to J-feeds which bypass his stomach entirely and greatly improved his overall quality of life.  He is a happy, energetic boy who loves to create things with his hands and play and we are thrilled to use Caleb's dragon design to help raise funds for Tubie Friends!

Michaela is 16 years old and heading into the 11th grade at her local high school where she is an honors student.  She has Gastroparesis which literally means "paralyzed stomach".  Her entire digestive tract is effected and some parts do not move at all!  This has caused her to become dependent on TPN (IV Nutrition) and feeding tubes.  She loves to play soccer, read, and listen to music and she also authors a blog, Chronically Awesome, where she's a huge advocate for those with chronic illnesses.  Michaela created the Hope design for this campaign!

Sydney is 15 and was diagnosed with severe chronic Lyme disease in 2012 (though she had it since 2007).  Because it was left untreated so long, she now also has Dysautonomia/Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Gastroparesis, Central Pain Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, seizures, Paraplegia and neurological problems. Even though her motor skills have been dramatically decreased due to her diagnosis, she still loves art and find ways to draw and do the things she loves with the help of her family and service dog, Bow!  You can show your love to Sydney and Tubie Friends by purchasing the Happy design!