Crafting joy: Patient artists bring holiday cheer to BC Children’s Hospital community
The holidays are a time that beckons everyone home. But for seriously ill kids, that journey home isn’t an easy one. Many patients with long hospital stays embrace art as an outlet for creative expression—and for Sailor and Elianna, it’s also a way to spread joy. Inspired by their time at BC Children’s, these two patients have generously shared their creations with our incredible community this festive season.
Sailor, age 8
When Sailor was born, doctors discovered that she hadn’t had enough space for her legs, spine and hips to develop properly. Nineteen surgeries, hundreds of doctor’s appointments and countless orthopedic meetings later, Sailor has shown that nothing will stop her from living life to the fullest.
Case in point: Sailor loves being active and enjoying nature. She sit skis with her family and, inspired by her brother’s love of hockey, has taken up para hockey.
Sailor’s passion for the great outdoors shows in her art. When she decided she wanted to make a difference in other kids’ lives, Sailor started her own fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation featuring her own collectible creations: Digibuddies. And, to help wish our community of supporters a happy holiday season, Sailor contributed heartwarming artwork inspired by family togetherness and winter wonderland.
Elianna, age 17
Elianna spent much of her childhood in good physical health. But at age 15, she found herself at risk of heart failure and was taken to BC Children’s Hospital. Elianna had faced mental health challenges throughout her teen years, and this health scare compounded her struggles. Several months later, she went to the Kelty Mental Health Centre to receive further support from the expert teams at BC Children’s.
During her hospital stay, Elianna rekindled one of her passions: art. “For me, art is an outlet for peace and gratitude,” she explained. “With these holiday cards, I hope to spread joy throughout the BC Children’s community.” Elianna’s talent and dedication to her craft are obvious—one of her holidays cards is a truly captivating piece that draws you into a winter’s night. Her other piece is elegant, charming and festive. It’s no surprise Elianna recently started a small business for her art.
Of course, art isn’t Elianna’s only skill. She recently chose to give back to the Foundation by participating in RBC Race for the Kids, running and raising funds to help more children and youth receive the care they need.
The giving spirit of the season shines brightly through Sailor and Elianna’s continued support of BC Children’s Hospital. They are a powerful reminder of how one single action, like creating a beautiful piece of artwork, can have a snowball effect that brings cheer to countless others across the community.