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Two Causes – Twice the fun!!

February 23 - March 08

For the next two weeks, we're teaming up with the Rett Syndrome Organization and the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. The Rett Syndrome Organization works to fund research for treatments and help find a cure for Rett syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services. Rett Syndrome is a postnatal neurological disorder. It is not a degenerative disorder. It causes problems in brain function that are responsible for cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor and autonomic function. These can include learning, speech, sensory sensations, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function, and even chewing, swallowing, and digestion. This disorder is seen primarily in girls and occurs in about 1 of every 10,000 births. The Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is working to end pediatric cancer. Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is a non-profit foundation that was created to support kids with cancer in Arizona. They provide funding for research through a specialized research partnership with the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children which supports cutting edge pediatric cancer research. They also provide travel assistance which enables them to help families who need to travel in state or out of state for treatment. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it is critical that they receive specialty care and treatment and the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is there to help them receive it.
http://www.azcancerfoundation.org/
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    The Artist

    Eli

    9 years old

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    The Artist

    Emily

    13 years old

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    The Artist

    Griffin

    11 years old

Eli lost his little sister Ava to cancer when she was almost 5 and he was 6. Eli and Ava were best friends. Ava was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of pediatric cancer, when she was just 1.5 years old. Eli was by Ava's side for all of her treatment - never giving her special treatment and always treating her just like any other little sister. Eli and Ava both wanted to make sure that no other kids ever get cancer and if they did get cancer they wanted to make sure that they would get better fast. Chrisie Funari, Eli and Ava's mom, started the 501(c)(3) non profit organization Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children after Ava passed away to stay true to her children's wishes and help cure children with cancer right here in Arizona. Eli is Co-President of the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children children's program, Ava's Angels; a unique program where kids can help kids with cancer. Eli created both of the designs that benefit Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children for the next two weeks!!

Emily is an active, intelligent, beautiful 13 years old diagnosed with Autism.  Her family has raised her to know about her diagnosis and together they have learned to overcome many obstacles Autism can bring.  Emily attends Tucson Waldorf School.  At school is where Emily learned archery and discovered it is a sport she is quite skilled at and enjoys.  Emily loves her family and friends.  She also loves all animals and hopes to be an animal rescuer someday.  Emily is very expressive in her art and often you will find her writing in her journal or drawing.  She is very creative with an enormous imagination.  Emily's love for her family, friends, nature and animals is contagious.

Griffin has a passion for classical music and retro video games. He also loves playing the piano, swimming, and making art. Because of his Aspergers diagnose, he views the world in a unique and amazing way. He has difficulty with the concept of death and he loves animals, so he came up with the phrase "Pick two flowers with one hand" to replace "Kill two birds with one stone." He hopes to one day be a video game designer and composer. There is no doubt he will accomplish anything he puts his mind to! Griffin's mom, Missy, started a Facebook page What Will This Day Bring? that is dedicated to her blog about life with Griffin.


Ronan Thompson Foundation

February 09 - February 22

Ronan Thompson was a bright, energetic little boy that always kept his family smiling and laughing. In August of 2010, he was diagnosed with a stage IV Neuroblastoma and fought valiantly or the next 10 months. Ronan's battle with Neuroblastoma ended on May 9, 2011, but his fight will go on. Ronan continues to inspire his family in the way he lived his life full of passion, strength, and courage. He will live forever in their hearts and minds as the most beautiful little boy to ever have touched the earth. The Ronan Thompson Foundation raises funds for research that will find new and innovative ways to treat neuroblastoma, and ultimately, find a cure for this disease. The Foundation wants to create a World Class Neuroblastoma Research and Care Center and we're thrilled to help by contributing 50% of the proceeds from this campaign to this cause.
http://www.theronanthompsonfoundation.com/
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    Rainesford

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    Maya

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    The Artist

    Nela

    4 years old

Rainesford is a 21 year old writer who started reading Maya’s blog, was blown away by the world’s greatest love story between a mother and her child, and has been a supporter of RTF ever since. She’s a social media volunteer for RTF, and believes a little bit of spiciness & kindness will change the world. Rainesford is a contributor to the Huffington Post’s blog, has given a TEDx Talk, and spends a lot of time upside-down doing yoga.

Maya is Ronan's mother and she contributed two incredible quotes that remind her of her son. She was generous to share the story behind each of these special sayings with us. All good things are wild and free is my favorite quote by Henry David Thoreau. It stands for everything that Ronan was in his short little life and it is something I try to carry on for him in my life here. I try to live as wild and freely as possible knowing that tomorrow is never guaranteed. Everyday we are here is a gift and should not be wasted. "You keep me safe, I'll keep you wild" is another one of my favorite quotes. In my heart, I'm keeping Ronan safe forever. In turn, he is reminding me to keep going, to keep knocking down doors, and to keep fighting cancer for kids the non conventional wild way that he would want me to.

Nela is the sweetest 4 year old girl full of love, life, excitement, courage, appreciation just to name few and has also battled Rhabdomyosarcoma, type of childhood cancer. Her spirit and willingness to push on against all the obstacles is inspiring, her smile is contagious, and her huge heart mesmerizing. She has been through numerous surgeries, chemo and radiation treatments in the last two years and just finished her treatment protocol. All she wants now is to be a happy, healthy, bubbly, cuddly, inspiring sweetheart as she is and should be.


Twice The Fun

January 26 - February 08

This campaign benefits two very special organizations! Read on to learn more about our partners for the next two weeks! PeppedUp keeps kids with cancer connected to life by providing them with tablets and laptop computers for school work, movies, gaming, music, and more! Our ladybug and donate blood designs both benefit this incredible cause for the next two weeks. To learn more about PeppedUp and their mission, stop by their webite - www.peppedup.org. Foundation for Exceptional Kids is a wonderful organization that runs Camp Runamuk. Camp Runamuk is a camp for families who have children with special needs. At Camp Runamuk, families get the total camp experience from bunk beds to campfires for 4 days and 3 nights, while they participate in family and individual activities geared for campers with special needs, their siblings and their parents. Half of the proceeds from the skull and dragon designs benefit Foundation For Exceptional Kids. You can visit their website here for more details - www.ForExceptionalKids.org.
http://www.seekarizona.org/
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    The Artist

    Johnny

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    The Artist

    Nick

    17 years old

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    The Artist

    Mia

    12 years old

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    Aleyna

Johnny is 15 and a freshmen at New Way Academy. Johnny is a great student who works hard at his academics and maintains at least a 3.5 GPA. He is also on the football team. Johnny is a creative young man as he is always writing stories and drawing. His pets are often at the center of his story line as they are near and dear to his heart. Johnny has a big heart which is evident in his love and caring of his family and friends. At age four, Johnny was diagnosed with autism. He has amazed those around him with how he has faced and taken on the challenges that come along with autism. Along the way, he has learned that although autism is part of his identity, it does not define him. It is just one small piece of the whole. Throughout all his challenges, Johnny has never lost his love of life, his compassion for others, his hilarious perception of the world, or his iron clad will to be a man of integrity and honor.

Nicholas was born on November 3rd, 1997 in Fremont, California. Nick moved to Oregon shortly after his birth, and lived there until he was 8 years old. When he lived in Oregon, Nick enjoyed going on camping trips in the family RV and playing outdoors. In 2004, Nick moved to Glendale, Arizona. He really liked the fact that the weather is mostly sunny and hot in Arizona, and he really enjoyed swimming in the pool at his new home. Nick also enjoys the family trips to California, especially going to the beach. He enjoys playing in the sand and swimming in the ocean. Nick is currently 17 years old and attends Banner Children’s Academy in Tempe, Arizona. In school, his favorite subjects are Science, Chemistry, and History. His favorite hobbies include playing Minecraft, playing airsoft, and art. Nick also took an interest in dragons, which are his favorite subject to draw. His interests also include designing Victorian style homes and inventing things. He hopes to one day be a famous and rich inventor, and he hopes to be able to build a time machine that he can use to visit the past and the future. Nick was a Counselor In Training (CIT) at Camp Runamuk 2014 and we look forward to him returning again and helping with the younger campers.

Mia, 12, was diagnosed at 6 weeks old with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a very rare, life-threatening bone marrow failure disorder where her body makes no red blood cells at all. Mia is only here today because of life-sustaining blood transfusions donated by people like you. Strangers help keep Mia alive. To date, she has had 119 transfusions and will require many more to keep her alive. Mia also had a separate health disorder called Turner Syndrome. Mia is one of the bravest, happiest people on this planet! A good source of medicine for her is laughter. She loves hanging out with her friends, watching movies and taking her dog Fred for a walk. Mia realizes that without people donating their blood to her, she simply wouldn't be here today, so you can find her saying “thanks” at many local blood drives. The gift of life is priceless. #donateblood

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Throwback-to-Back

January 12 - January 25

We're kicking off 2015 with back to back throwback campaigns (or a throwback-to-back). We've got four more causes and four more classic designs for you these next two weeks! We had the pleasure of following Nick through his battle with osteosarcoma the past two years. He was an inspiration and a true warrior and we feel incredibly blessed for having him in our lives. We lost Nick on December 30, 2014 and were inundated with requests to offer his tattoo design to you and we listened. For two weeks only, you can honor Nick's memory with purchases of this deeply meaningful design. Half of the proceeds from each sale benefit Nick's Epic Battle to Defeat Osteosarcoma. You all know and love Logan and we can't get enough of his hilarious sayings. We brought back his classic Party like a Poptart design for this campaign! For the next two weeks, every purchase of Party like a Poptart will benefit Logan's Challenged Not Limited Scholarship Fund! This scholarship will go to individuals with special needs that are looking to further their education. We dug deeper into the archives and brought back an older favorite! Our Love is Beautiful design benefits the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. The UMDF benefits research efforts for those with mitochondrial disorders as well as creating a network of support for them and their families. Finally, we brought back our cool dragon design to benefit Tubie Friends! This great organization donates stuffed animals with feeding tubes to children with similar medical equipment to make the process less frightening.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicks-Epic-Battle-to-Defeat-Osteosarcoma/511809668865876
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    Nick

    16 years old

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    The Artist

    Logan

    18 years old

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    The Artist

    Caleb

    9 years old

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    The Artist

    Ali

    8 years old

Who better to tell Nick's story than his mother? We chose to use her words to share Nick's brave journey. Nicholas was a 14 year old kid who loved to hike, swim competitively, and run track. On October 30th, 2012 his life was forever changed on this day, for it was the first time he had ever heard the word Osteosarcoma. Nicholas was diagnosed after a couple weeks of sports related, as well as normal rough and tumble boy injuries. For a couple weeks he complained about pain in his upper knee area. I told him that is didn't surprise me after watching he had his brothers flinging themselves up our stair case one day trying to see who could jump the highest. After a couple weeks of ibprophin and ice, one morning he woke up and the swelling was beyond what was considered "normal". In the pit of my stomach I knew this was cancer. Reluctantly I made the Dr's appt. where there was an x-ray given. By 5:00 that evening I was phoned at work and told that I needed to get him in for an MRI. This was the first time I had ever heard the word osteosarcoma. In that call, the two phrases long road and leg removal were used. I walked away from work that day knowing I wouldn't be back. I was VERY aware our lives were going to be changing very drastically in the next few months. My husband and I went home where we had a family meeting to break the news we had just been given to the boys. We cried together but decided we would go through this as positively as we could. We decided at that point we would live day by day, not worrying what the future may bring. The next day the MRI was schedule where the diagnosis of Osteosarcoma was confirmed, later finding that is had metastasized to his lungs.. Nicholas was placed on a 29 week chemo plan with leg salvage surgery taking place on February 13th, 2013. Nicholas was thrown into an unfamiliar world of doctors, nurses, testing, surgeries, chemo therapy, nausea, throwing up, mucositis, mouth sores, pleurisy so painful I can only compare it to child birth, maybe even worse, 20% weight loss, among several other odd effects that chemo causes. Nicholas was placed on a feeding tube after losing 20% of his body weight. Initially the feeding tube was presented as a threat if he wouldn't eat. In my mind I would always wonder what drug these people were on since there is no human that would want to eat with the condition he was in. The feeding tube was finally introduce, where I watched my son become the bravest person I have ever met. The feeding tube has been a huge blessing that I believe should be introduced in the beginning of EVERY treatment plan to aid patients as they struggle through these difficult times. We continue to stand behind Nicholas as he fights his battle, moving into the lung surgery phase of his treatment. We live day by day enjoying every minute we have together, nothing more nothing less. With the grace of God and a whole army of thought and prayer warriors behind us, we continue to fight this nasty battle. Part two: May came and went quicker then we were even able to pay attention. On the 15th of May Nicholas has surgery on his left lung which removed three small tumors leaving about and 6 inch scar that looks as if he had a wing removed. Nine days later Nicholas led his entire eight grade class into and auditorium for his eight grade graduation, walking with a cane and bald as can be, with two kids at his sides to make sure he didn't fall. The site took my breath away. On May 30th he had his right lung worked on which removed 4 tumors leaving a scar that matched the left side. One week later chemo began again. The scar on the right side of his back really had a hard time healing due to the chemo. Inflamed and filled with liquid, Nicholas was admitted to the hospital so they could watch it. After deciding it wasn't infected he was allowed to go home. The scar on his right side is about 3/4" thicker from the fluid expanding the incision. From June to October the effects from the chemo seemed to have decreased slightly in intensity. He still had the nausea, mucositis and pleurisy but not as intense as it had been before the lung surgeries. On October 7th 2013 Nicholas had the last chemo treatment according to the 29 week plan they had given him. That is one of the most surreal moments of this battle. We are done...but are we. Happiness and scared out of your ever living mind are rolled all in to one ball of wax. Nicholas was enrolled back into school a couple weeks after that last treatment He enjoyed being a kid again. On October 30th, 2013 he was scheduled for his first set of post chemo scans. EXACTLY one year after we had first heard the word osteosarcoma. He had several scans including CT scan, X-rays and blood tests. Unfortunately, the CT scan gave us results that were devastating. Nicholas had two tumors in his left lung, one of which the pathology report states MAY have been looked over the first time. It was back to the OR for Nicholas. On November 21st. Nicholas would have his left side re-opened and two tumors larger than that last three were removed, one 2 cm and one .9 cm. Were they old? Were they new?? That is still unclear but they are gone now. On Dec. 10th we have an appt. to decide on whether or not Nicholas will be receiving more chemo. We have been changing the diet around our house, however, we really ate quite decent as a whole, but we are trying to take it a step further. Nicholas takes a super vitamin called Lunacin as well. At this point we are just doing whatever we can, with lots of prayer. ♥ Nicholas's journey continues. After 3 cycles of ifosamide, Nicholas was given a CT scan to see if there were any new tumors. The result from that scan were devastating. A new tumors(s), there my be 3 in the cluster, has developed on his lower left lung. At the time we have an appointment with the lung surgeon to open up the left side for a third time to remove the tumor. The chemo Nick is on has been discontinued and 3 types of chemo (Irinotecan, Vincristine, Temozolomide) will begin after surgery. We will continue to have faith, look at alternative treatments and nutrition and try to create a balance between everything. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2014, the Floyds were delivered the devastating news that Nick's tumors had become inoperable. For the remaining time in his life, Nick lived every moment to the fullest. He took a trip to Hawaii with his family and friends, surfed, went to concerts, got a tattoo, asked his crush to be his girlfriend (she said yes!!), and spent time with those he loved the most. We believe that Nick beat cancer in the way he lived and we are keeping him in our hearts and minds as we move forward. You can show your support and love for Nick with every purchase of his tattoo design during this campaign.

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, Allyson, 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.    

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!

Alison is eight years old and loves drawing, writing poems and stories, reading, and playing soccer.  She is also learning to play the piano and we've been told that she has an ear for music.  Alison was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a metabolic disease where the cells aren't able to convert food into life-sustaining energy, when she was three years old.  She has faced many challenges over the past eight years, but has done so with determination, humor, and a zeal for life.


Old School

December 29 - January 11

To finish off 2014 in style, we decided to bring back four of your FAVORITE designs for four incredible causes!! You all know and love our artists but let's learn more about the causes they're supporting!! First up, we have Logan! We brought back his epic Skull design to benefit Team Jeremy and Nick's Epic Battle to Defeat Osteosarcoma! We know and love the boys that valiantly fought and are fighting this horrible disease and we're honored to help donate to their causes. Next, we have Justin's awesome firetruck design. Half the proceeds from sales of his design benefit Firefighters Vs. Autism. BUT! The amazing crew at Firefighters for Autism have chosen to forfeit their portion of the profits and, instead, donate those funds to Nick & Jeremy as well. We are amazed at their generosity!! Do you remember the fantastic dancing dino design? The talented artist, Julia, is back with this great character and we're donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of her shirt to Madison Ice Rink's Adaptive Skating Program. Finally, we brought back the Fruited Plane designed by our lovely Brooke! Half of the proceeds from Brooke's design benefit Massachusetts Advocates for Children.
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    Logan

    18 years old

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    Julia

    13 years old

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    Justin

    32 years old

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    Brooke

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, Allyson, 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.    

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 Madison Ice Inc's Adaptive Skating Program and to see her dancing dinosaurs on shirts and hats!

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!!

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.


Four Causes!

December 15 - December 29

This campaign is one of our favorite types of campaigns! Each artist has chosen to support a different organization so for the next two weeks, we'll be having four times the fun. Read on to find out a bit more about each cause and make sure to check out our artist pages to learn about the amazing individuals behind the art for this campaign! Hunter's abstract work of art is helping to raise funds for Realm of Caring, an organization that seeks to help patients in Colorado with cancer, MS, HIV/AIDS, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, among many other debilitating conditions through the use of concentrated medicinal cannabis oil. Justin created the cool aviator design to help raise funds for Prayers For Tiny Taylynn. Taylynn was born with Ebstein's Anomaly and faces many health struggles. Chloe created the sunshine artwork and is donating the proceeds from her gear to Agility Angels. This organization seeks to serve kids and adults with Autism by teaching dog training. Liam is the artist behind our Wish Upon a Star design. Half the proceeds from sales of his design benefit Kulture City, an amazing organization that seeks to promote awareness and acceptance of those with Autism.
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    Chloe

    22 years old

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    Justin

    32 years old

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    Liam

    8 years old

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    Hunter

Chloe is 22 years old and has autism. She is on a mission to advocate about what autism is like from her perspective in order to teach others. Chloe presents at conferences, writes, and more. In her free time Chloe loves to color and participate in Agility Angels, dog training for kids and young adults with Autism. Chloe created the Sunshine design and 50% of the proceeds from sales of her design will benefit Agility Angels!

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!!

Liam is an 8 year old with Autism. He also struggles with Bipolar Disorder and many other "labels." He is a strong, happy and loving boy. His past times include video gaming, crafting, and tinkering, as well as a love of comic books. He created the Wish Upon a Star design for this campaign. Sales of his design will benefit Kulture City.

Hunter was diagnosed with a severe seizure disorder at 6 months old. By age 8, we had exhausted all treatment options. We had tried 12 various treatments including numerous pharmaceutical cocktails, an all fat diet, and a device simply described as a pacemaker for the brain. The treatments didn't work. We found out about cannabis oil and knew from the shocking improvements other patients made that we had to try it for Hunter. So we packed up and moved to Colorado for hope. This hope quickly turned into improvements for seizure control, happiness, relaxation and cognition. We are seeing 75+% reduction in seizures with no side effects. Hunter is living better. The journey has been well worth it. Hunter enjoys music and movies and swinging on swings. He has two little brothers that he loves and love him just as much. He is in 4th grade and really likes going to school!


St. Baldrick’s & 46 Mommas

December 01 - December 14

This campaign is our third with St. Baldrick's and we're so excited to be supporting such a wonderful organization again. If you've never heard about St. Baldrick's, let us fill you in! This organization raises money for kids cancer research. Kids who are diagnosed with cancer have to be treated differently than adults with the disease. No child should ever have to face cancer and we are so happy to do our part in helping raise funds to help find the cure! The art for this campaign was created by brave kids who have fought or are fighting with cancer. They are the kids of an amazing group of moms called 46 Mommas that shave their heads to raise awareness and funds for kids cancer. To learn more about our incredible artists, read their bios while you shop and to learn more about our incredible cause, visit www.stbaldricks.org.
http://www.stbaldricks.org/
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    Aubrey

    4 years old

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    Samuel

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    Grace

    12 years old

Aubrey is a 4 year old artist undergoing leukemia treatment. Painting, drawing and creating has been a huge part of her therapy while experiencing the effects of the chemo drugs she takes. When she grows up she wants to be an artist and a mommy. She loves dancing, playing with her big brother, and is now a yellow belt in karate. She loves Jesus and helping others and recently raised $36,000 selling her Mother’s Day and Father’s Day greeting cards for St. Baldrick’s. Her motto through her journey has been Stand Strong. You can show some love to Aubrey with every purchase of her music note design!

Samuel was a special little boy. Variously described as a “real charmer,” “Mr. Personality,” and “quite a character,” he had a knack for engaging adults and peers alike. He had an adorable smile, an infectious laugh and was wicked smart. He loved animals, drawing, climbing trees, writing stories, and reading. He was beloved and adored by everyone who knew him. Sam loved food and everything about it — eating it, sure, but also cooking it. He was known for his outstanding chili, and he wanted to be a chef when he grew up. Sam was 7 ½ when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in September of 2012. He died 13 months later. You can show Sam's family your love and support and raise money for St. Baldrick's with every purchase of his bird art!

Mason was a fighter, a superhero, an artist, a soccer player, a baseball player and a sweet, funny little boy. He was diagnosed with medulloblastoma- a brain cancer, in July 2006. Cancer did not define Mason. Mason defined his cancer. Cancer was only something he had — not who he was. Mason, throughout his life, was a force of nature. He was sweet and loved to give hugs and kisses but he was also stubborn as an ox and very vocal about what he wanted. All he wanted to do was to play with his brother, wear his soccer jerseys, be Batman and a Power Ranger, and be with his family. He continued to live his life despite what was happening to his body. He taught his family and friends that despite all the horrible things, the hospitalizations, the medicines, the shots, etc, that life was meant to be lived. Mason's family have had to remind themselves of his fortitude and his example as they mourn his loss. He died on October 13, 2007. His family knows that he used all his will to overcome his disease, but he did not get his miracle. Everyday they just imagine him yelling at them to keep going, to love each other and to make a difference in his memory. Every purchase in his honor helps fund childhood cancer research at St. Baldrick's- so little boys can keep drawing their superheroes and play with their brothers. Thank you for helping make a difference in Mason's memory with every purchase of the stick figure man.

Grace is a caring and vibrant 12 year old girl and a 6th grader at The Wolf School in Rhode Island. The middle of 3 sisters, Grace loves reading, swimming, traveling with her family, being with animals, and singing along to musicals, especially WICKED. Her ability to find silver linings in every situation is a source of inspiration for all who love her. In 2007, at age 5, Grace was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast growing tumor in her cerebellum. She underwent surgery, proton beam therapy, and chemotherapy, and is now a 6 year survivor. Despite the many challenging side effects of treatment, she is thriving and loving life. Grace has enjoyed being a 2014 St. Baldrick’s Ambassador. She looks forward to turning 13 in January, to someday meeting Orlando Bloom and Idina Menzel, and to traveling to New Zealand. She was inspired by her new favorite TV show – Once Upon A Time -to create this heart design. She traced the design, burned it into wood, and painted it red.


LuMind Foundation

November 17 - 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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    Hunter

    10 years old

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    Lilly

    8 years old

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    Justin

    32 years old

is a wonderful 10 year old (almost 11) 5th grader with Down Syndrome

Lilly is a lovable, energetic, stubborn, and relentlessly inquisitive 8 year old girl who just happens to have Down Syndrome. She is in third grade and lives in Portsmouth NH. She quickly becomes the life of any event or gathering she attends. Also, if there happens to be music playing, there is no stopping an impromptu dance session. She can out dance just about anyone! At three months old, she had open heart surgery in order to correct an AV valve defect. She had her tonsils out last year and never once showed any signs of being in pain. The doctors were amazed at her recovery. She was recently diagnosed as an under registerer when it comes to pain, so we have to pay attention to all of her bumps and bruises to make sure they aren't more serious. Lilly is an animal lover. She has a dog named Boo, a cat named Teddy, and two Bearded Dragons named Sunny and Mr Lizard. She will drop whatever she is doing just to say hi to a dog walking by. Lilly LOVES being in front of a camera and recently has shown a lot of interest in taking pictures. We are so excited to feature TWO of Lilly's drawings in this campaign. Every purchase of stitch and meow shows Lily just how great you think she is AND benefits the LuMind Foundation.

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!!


Loganisms

November 03 - November 16

This campaign is very special to us. We first met Logan and his mom, Allison, when Logan contributed art to a Paper Clouds Apparel campaign. Allison runs a hilarious and uplifting Facebook page about their lives at The Crumb Diaries! Since then, Logan has been a regular contributor and over the summer, Logan became a part owner of our company! Logan has a fantastic sense of humor and we are thrilled to be using some of our favorite "Loganisms" as the art for this campaign. To make these two weeks even sweeter, we are donating to a new scholarship fund being established by Allison and Logan. The #ChallengedNotLimited fund will benefit individuals with special needs who need financial assistance to further their education. Let's get this fund started with a BIG donation from the PCA family!!
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    The Artist

    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, Allyson, 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.    


Peach’s Neet Feet

October 20 - 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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    The Artist

    Emileigh

    3 years old

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    The Artist

    PJ

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    The Artist

    Bennett

    9 years old

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    The Artist

    Avery

    6 years old

Emileigh just turned 3 and has Polymicrogyria. It is a brain malformation that means she has too many small folds on her brain. She had a rough first year with many hospital stays for breathing, eating and GI problems. She eventually had a permanent feeding tube placed and has thrived ever since. She has become a very happy, giggly little girl who has taught those around her what life is really all about. She loves music, light up toys, and watching and listening to other children play and talk. When she is feeling crafty, she likes to make hand and footprint artwork with her mom! Her art, the turkey, was inspired by her pair of Peach's Neet Feet shoes!

Meet PJ-Fox. From the very beginning of his life, as far back as being born a premature baby, he’s been lighting hearts on fire with his infectious smile and contagious laugh. Around 9 months old, he was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. This condition is an inherited, lifelong disease. There aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. Although there is no cure at this time for most people, treatments can relieve pain and help prevent further problems. At 1 year, he was diagnosed with severe food allergies, followed by eosinophilic esophagitis. He eventually learned to walk at 2-years-old with the help of weekly occupational therapy and orthotics. Physical therapy, speech therapy and feeding therapy assist with his development delays. PJ wears prescription glasses to help with his severe near-sightedness. On top of all those challenges, he also has asthma and cerebral palsy. PJ, who just celebrated his 4th birthday, remains active through swimming, therapeutic horseback riding, and playing with his Legos. He is smart, charming, and kind. He enjoys reading Thomas the Train books and watching Disney movies. Last, but certainly not least, firetrucks make him happy…to put it lightly. You can buy PJ's Elephant design to support Peach's Neet Feet!

Bennett was diagnosed with Autism at age 2 and was totally non-verbal except for the word "Go!". Now, at age 9, he is verbal enough to get what he wants and tell his family what he doesn't want. He understands commands and basic directions and is recovering more and more each day. Bennett loves his shoes he received from Peach's Neet Feet. He is very loved and his family is grateful to all who have given him those extra chances to be awesome that he might not otherwise have. Bennett loves animals, going to the zoo, and writing down things he sees on TV or YouTube. Ironically, his favorites are positive and funny songs or sayings. This kid is incredibly smart. He loves to sing as well! His newest song is "I believe I can fly", but catching him on video is extremely difficult. You can show some love to Bennett with every purchase of his, "You Can Do It" design!!

Avery made her presence know on Mother's Day 2008. Her parents were not expecting anything other than a healthy, baby girl with a head full of hair, but she had other ideas. Avery was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome. The sutures in her head began fusing prematurely and by the time she was three weeks old, she no longer had any soft spots. Pfeiffer Syndrome also impacts the facial bones, making it a struggle to breathe through the nose. To correct these issues, Avery had her first of thirteen surgeries at three weeks old to insert a tracheostomy tube and open her skull to give her brain room to grow. Her first twenty one months were filled with twelve more surgeries and countless tests, scans, doctor visits, and therapy sessions. Avery spent half of her first year of life in the hospital. She added hydrocephalus, a tethered spinal cord, and basilar invagination to her list of conditions. Through everything, she was a happy, spunky girl. She loved to play with musical toys and watch her older brother. Avery is now six years old and as spunky as ever. She loves going to kindergarten and Girl Scouts. She is also involved in tap and ballet. Her hobbies include art, music, camping, and playing with her friends. Her fourteenth surgery (tonsils and adenoids) is coming up and she is looking forward to it! She faces everything head on!