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Vicky’s Art School​

Meet Ben, he’s Meant for a Bigger, Brighter Future!

Ben was diagnosed with a brain tumor spanning a little over a quarter of his brain when he was two and his survival rate is very low. Ben has beat cancer three times, but he still only has a very low chance of survival. Despite this fact, Ben keeps fighting. His last radiation treatment ended March 5th and he is still struggling, despite this, he is a true champion. His diagnosis has no cure. For a parent, this is the worst news to receive after five and a half years without a recurrence.

#Giviing Tuesday

This year’s Giving Tuesday we are fundraising to give virtual reality goggles to children that need them. Children like Ben across the country have to overcome constant doctors appointments, surgeries, receiving shots, IV’s and ports. These kids are going through a lot of pain, fear, and post-traumatic stress due to the rigorous medical care.

One of my biggest fears is that when Ben grows up (this is my ultimate hope) that he will be burnt out, fearful of seeking medical care, and that he will not get the medical care he desperately needs.

Virtual Reality Goggles

Studies have shown that VR helps patients cope. Once the goggles are on and active, the patient is taken somewhere else, without focusing on the shots or the pain that they are going through. To learn more about the research Click Here:

Our goal is to purchase 1,000 VR Goggles for pediatric cancer children for our two communities in Michigan and California. An In-Kind donation of new virtual reality goggles with built-in headphones is ideal. 

Did You Know?

Every year parents of about 15,300 kids, including kids in our community, will hear the words “Your child has cancer?” Cancer remains the number one cause of death in children. More children than ever before are being diagnosed each year and the survival rate is extremely low. Every day 43 children are told they have cancer and 12% of those children do not survive. The average age of children diagnosed is six. More than 40,000 undergo treatment for cancer every year. 60% of children who survive cancer suffer long-term effects such as ADHD, depression, epilepsy, autism, infertility, heart failure, and secondary cancers. There are about 375,000 adult childhood cancer survivors in the United States— 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39.

We invite you to become a part of Vicky’s Art School by donating to our Giving Tuesday fundraiser, you can give in-kind donations or donate on our donation page.

With gratitude,

Vicky (Ben's Mom)

The Sad Reality of Life Without VR

Without a distraction, Ben has to be physically restrained to get shots and tests, on a regular basis.