Art show benefits childhood cancer


Posted by Bob Evans

HopeKids’ Hope & HeART art show to benefit area children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses


Kansas City (Feb. 8, 2022) — HopeKids Kansas City will host Hope & HeART, an art show raising funds to provide unique community support for families who have a child battling cancer or another life-threatening medical condition. Artwork created by HopeKids and their siblings will be on display starting Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 28 at Chicken N Pickle in Overland Park. The artwork will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition with 20 pieces of art on display and others available via QR code.

 The children who created the artwork and their families will be in attendance during the opening night celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free of cost and open to the public, however guests are encouraged to RSVP.

 Each art piece includes a statement reflecting what Hope & HeART or Heroes of Hope means to the artist. A sample submission from HopeKid sibling, Colton whose sister was born with a heart defect is included below:

 “Professor Heartbones was created so kids don’t have to go to the hospital and be in pain all the time. I made Professor Heartbones because my sister Makenzie has a heart defect and is on the transplant list and has broken some bones. Professor Heartbones is half girl and half boy cyborg. I made Professor Heartbones because she heals all heart defects by dispensing new ones to make kids healthy. The cyborg part of Professor Heartbones heals broken bones by using the power in his built-in claws to make the bones back together immediately.”

 Event proceeds will go toward HopeKids Kansas City programs. Programs are provided at no cost to HopeKids families. Children ages 0-18 and their entire caregiver circle, including siblings and grandparents can participate.  

 “A life-threatening diagnosis affects the entire family, and it is with this understanding that HopeKids programs are for the whole family,” said Kristin Castle, executive director of HopeKids Kansas City. “These are highly anticipated experiences that families can enjoy together, look forward to with hope and excitement, and build relationships with other families who understand their journey.”

 To RSVP to Hope & HeART open house on Wednesday, Feb. 16, visit . To learn more about HopeKids Kansas City, please contact Executive Director, Kristin Castle at (816) 372-0311 or visit

 Chicken N Pickle Overland Park: 5901 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223


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