Children's Healing Art Project - Team CHAP

Children's Healing Art Project - Team CHAP

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Support CHAP's very own kiteboarding team-- TEAM CHAP-- as they participate in the Kiteboard for Cancer relay  July 14th and 15th in Hood River, Oregon. As always, the team races to raise awaresness and funding for CHAP, which exists to bring the healing power of art to children in crisis. This year, CHAP's honorary team captain is a brave cancer survivor named Stella. 


Stella Monteverde-Cakebread was 8-years-old when she was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia. Stella needed a transplant right away, but no one in her family was a match. Her mixed-race ancestry gave her a 2% chance of finding a donor. During her two years of battling cancer at Doernbecher, Stella spent hours with CHAP's teaching artists, passing the time and reveling the healing power of art. Today she is symptom free, thanks to a 29 year old volunteer donor from Washington, D.C. There was a time when Stella was so sick it hurt her to bend or move-- "Now, she's rockin' the fifth grade," her mother recently said. Way to go Stella! What an inspiring  2012 Team CHAP captain.


The 2012 Team CHAP kiteboard team members are: Jim Schenk, Ryan Schenk, Tony Colburn, Brian Currier, Mike Finan, and Pete Batten. Our team goal is to raise at least $10,000 for CHAP. Donors who contribute a minimum of $100 will receive a free Team CHAP t-shirt designed by Team Captain Stella. Thanks for supporting Team CHAP! 


All about CHAP

CHAP brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools. CHAP’s innovative healing arts programs reach critically ill, chronically ill and disabled children (and their loved ones) with programs that strengthen, encourage and inspire. CHAP reaches children and families through two primary programs:

 In-Hospital Healing Art Program

Each week, CHAP’s teaching artists lead over forty hours of art adventures for children and their families at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Knight Cancer Institute and Schnitzer Diabetes Center. CHAP’s in-hospital programs feature a vast array of art supplies and projects designed to spark each child’s imagination to life. Whether it’s a beading project, animation, puppet-making, collage, or simply drawing with a black marker on a sketch pad, CHAP works to make sure each child finds his or her own voice through the artistic process. 


Art Club

CHAP’s popular Art Club Program provides fun and engaging art experiences to children with medical challenges outside of the hospital. Our monthly Art Clubs, held at the CHAP headquarters and in venues throughout the community, give children with medical challenges the chance to express themselves through creativity. Several times per year, our Art Clubs venture out into Portland’s arts community—to see a play or a dance recital, learn about glass blowing, or host a gallery of CHAP’s own young artists’ original work.


At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity—not by their disease, diagnosis or disability. CHAP’s inclusive programs are always provided free of charge to participants and are open to anyone affected by pediatric illness or disability. All ages, backgrounds and ability levels are welcome! To learn more about CHAP, donate, or get involved, give us a call at 503.243.5294 or email


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More about Stella

Click the links below learn more about Stella, including a video about her meeting her bone marrow donor:


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