Jay’s HOPE hosts art day for families affected by cancer

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “We do lots of things–we paint, we draw, we create, we write,” said art day participant Amiaya Gary.

Art is in the eye of the beholder.

“They don’t even think about being sick when they come here,” said Gary.

At Jay’s Hope, the art is in helping children with cancer.

“We try to host art days or family fun days or game days during those long breaks to give them something to do and so they have a chance to socialize with each other,” said Community Relations Coordinator for Jay’s HOPE Christie Johnson.

Jay’s Hope’s been there for children with cancer and their families for a long time.

“They just do a lot for kids that need help,” said art day participant Savannah Walker.

One of Gary’s sisters has cancer.

“It took out most of her hair–well, all of her hair,” said Gary.

So Gary enjoys relaxing with another sister at the art day Wednesday.

“She got paint all over her clothes, even her face,” said Gary.

Over at another table, Walker knows firsthand battling cancer is tough.

“I miss out on things that we do in school–things that my friends do,” said Walker.

Which is why an art day like this can be helpful.

“We feel like this is chance for them to think about something other than cancer or their sibling’s cancer,” said Johnson. “They can come here and just be kids and hang out with other folks who get it.”

Any way you behold it–art can help beat cancer.

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