Projects and Partnerships

Hooray for You at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

In 2010, when CCH opened a new spacious, state-of-the-art outpatient facility for children with special needs and their families, they contacted me about using my book, Hooray for You! as a major design theme. Walls are decorated with photos of real patients coupled with quotes from my book. Community children created additional artwork, framed and displayed in corridors and exam rooms. The “The Hooray for You!” theme sends a very positive message to the children who come here,” says Ann Kummer, senior clinical director for the Division of Speech Pathology. “It’s all about celebrating each child’s uniqueness.” Love this.

 

Studio E. Creative Facilitator — Spring, 2016

 I partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California to facilitate a Studio E group at Stanford Hospital.  Made possible through a grant by Lundbeck, Studio E is a multi-week art program, open to people with epilepsy in 47 U.S. cities, where participants are given the opportunity to creatively express themselves and their emotions. The program aims to promote artistic expression, building autonomy, emotional stability, a sense of self-worth and connection with others. Given my history with seizures, I know first hand the challenges of growing up with epilepsy. I'm thrilled to come alongside this group to help them give artistic voice to their unique spirit. 

Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meal Board Book Giveaway Program — Spring 2015

In early 2015, Chick-fil-A, the beloved quick-service restaurant chain, featured my books in the board book giveaway program for kids aged 0-3 . Families could “collect all 5” of the cute, 3" x 3" books!  

Expo Holiday Cheer Tour Ambassador — Christmas, 2010

In December, 2010, I partnered with EXPO, the leading marker of dry erase products, for their cross-country EXPO Holiday Cheer Tour.  We visited six children’s hospitals across the country where I read books to kids and families and worked with them to create original works of art on hospital windows. “The holidays can be challenging for patients and their families," said Steve Gradman, Director of marketing for EXPO. “These events are designed to bring a little fun and holiday cheer to the patients."