Her project started in the clinics waiting room, where she tore up pieces of construction paper and started gluing them together.
Now, Vallejos surreal painting which was displayed at the annual Making A Mark international exhibit in Houston has been shrunk to the size of a note card being sold locally for $10. Sales benefit patient programs at the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Childrens Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen.
The note cards are sold at the McAllen Vannie E. Cook clinic in McAllen, the Barn White gift shop and the Light of Hope gift shop in La Feria. They are also for sale this weekend at the McAllen Civic Center.
She said the butterfly represents herself. The dragonfly represents her 15 year old sister, who donated the bone marrow.
in the lymphoid tissue. She said the life changing disease has turned her away from a rebellious way of life to a paintbrush and a Omega Speedmaster White family oriented attitude.
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Now every time I see that, Ill remember that she gave me hope, Vallejo said.
Before she got sick, Vallejo used to run away from home for four or five days at a time. But her journey to fight her disease has taught her who her real friends are.
I hope they open their eyes and realize whats in front of them, she said.
construction paper and said Are you sure youre going to finish it? Why are you cutting up so many little pieces? she asked Sonia. But she followed through with it and she finished it.
McALLEN, Nov. 30, 2003 For 18 year old Camila Vallejo, its a symbol of hope the image of a midnight blue butterfly and leaf green dragonfly floating wing in wing.
Andrade created her piece of art as her younger brother Joel went through chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He is now in remission.
Monicas summertime project continued at home as her mother Sonia followed her around picking up scraps of construction paper.
She also plans to share her experience with others who behave the way she used to.
Christmas card sales to benefit sick children
Eight year old Monica Andrade of McAllen is also a patient at Vannie E. Cook patients, and her artwork is also for sale on Christmas cards this year.
A few days later, the little pieces of glued construction paper turned into a snowman wearing a brown hat with its stick arms reaching toward a Christmas tree. A single yellow square of construction paper represents the star on top of the tree.
When she recovers, she plans to help her mom and finish school the right way.
Vallejo said she hopes the image helps people realize what they have.
Vallejo is now recovering from a bone marrow transplant at the Texas Childrens Cancer Center Omega Seamaster For Ladies
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