CORPUS CHRISTI – Elizabeth Garcia, 23, of Los Fresnos has always loved art.
“I like to paint,” she said as she sipped a plastic flute of chocolate milk Wednesday afternoon at Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s unveiling of the 2017 Holiday Card collection, where Elizabeth and 9 other past and present Driscoll Children’s Hospital patients were treated like Hollywood stars.
Elizabeth is a dialysis patient at Driscoll Children’s Valley Dialysis Center in McAllen.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital rolled out the red carpet for the young artists, who were greeted by camera flashes and applause. Later, they autographed their work for family, friends, staff and fans.
For this annual tradition, past and present Driscoll patients from throughout South Texas drew pictures for 10 holiday cards, and community members selected the artwork to be used.
“This event is magical. It touches all our heartstrings,” said Lizette Saenz, Director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. “It allows the children to shine differently, rather than just being a patient.”
Elizabeth’s card shows stained glass trees, an image she chose because she loves nature.
“She’s such an incredibly talented young person,” said Kathy Kramer, Gift Shop Manager at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Elizabeth is thankful for all that the staff at Driscoll Children’s Valley Dialysis Center has done for her.
“Driscoll Children’s Hospital has helped me a lot,” she said.
Proceeds from sales of the cards will go toward the Marcia K. Wilcox Scholarship, which has benefited more than 100 Driscoll cancer patients since its inception. The designs for the holiday cards also are made into T-shirts, ornaments and sterling silver charms.
All items can be purchased through Driscoll’s website (www.driscollchildrens.org/carousel-gift-shop-category/holidays/cards) and at the hospital’s Carousel Gift Shop. The Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s 2017 Holiday Cards come in packages of 20 cards and sell for $18.