Our Story

Cancer Sucks . Art Heals

About Kids & Art

The Kids & Art Foundation was founded in 2008 by Purvi Shah, a parent whose son Amaey was diagnosed with cancer at age three and then lost his life six years later. Purvi’s inspiration came after seeing the healing impact moments of art and creativity had on her family while her son was in cancer treatment.

Since, Kids & Art programs have grown from one destination workshop for 15 pediatric cancer patients in 2008 to now offering art programs for countless children and families across the country. These engaging art experiences provide children in treatment a unique opportunity to step away from their limitations and therapies to enjoy the freedom and benefits of creative escape and self-expression.

Kids & Art uses the power of the arts and creativity to mitigate stress, anxiety, and trauma induced from diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer and other critical medical conditions.

Our vision is for an integrated care model where participation in the arts is part of a regular treatment plan for all critically ill pediatric patients.

Pediatric patients with cancer and other medical conditions, their siblings, families, and support teams.

Meet Our Inspiration: Amaeyzing Amaey

Why It Matters

Kids Get Cancer
Art Heals
100 %
Distraction from
physical symptoms
92 %
Decreased Anxiety
92 %
Willingness to

Our Research shows that Kids & Art programming addresses the physical and psychosocial needs of the pediatric oncology population.

Why we say “Cancer Sucks. Art Heals.”