Art for Charlie Foundation


Remembering a Child through Art

Tell your child's story with a picture.
Children can express ideas and feelings in pictures that are inexpressible in words. A scribbled drawing can sometimes give a unique insight into a child's view of reality.

For parents a picture drawn by their child, or a picture of a child, is a memory to treasure. We believe that, if parents are willing, a child's unique story helps others to understand more. The story does not have to be about illness or death. It might refer to an amusing or insightful moment that helps illustrate a personality. The picture need not even by the child or of the child. It could be a picture by a sibling who might find comfort in drawing a picture that might ease the pain of the experience of a brother's or sister's illness or death. Or it could even be a photo of a significant possession that helps to tell a story -- perhaps one a guitar, a bicycle or a baseball bat.

A picture need not be fine art to be significant. A drawing on a scrap of paper can be made into a canvas or large print for exhibition and serve as a way to tell the story and preserve the treasured memory. Or it might not be a picture drawn by the child that touches an emotional cord. It could be a telling photo of the child that serves as a backdrop to his or her story.

In no cases do we take the original picture. If possible we ask for a good quality JPEG. If that's not available, we ask to borrow the picture briefly to scan or photograph it. in order to print an enlarged version on canvas or quality board. We return the original together with a copy of the enlargement.


Click for the Memories Form in a pop-up window to submit your child's story and a picture.

Children's Pictures

Julia12-year old Julia

Diagnosed with DIPG, Julia used art therapy to cope with her illness. As her muscular control declined, friends helped her to paint. She continued painting until the day of death.








10-year old Brody

Brody painted this scene, a reflection in a frozen lake after his radiation treatment for DIPG.  A right-handed child, he no longer had the use of his left arm and had to learn to paint left-handedly.  He died 16 months after his diagnosis, aged 10.







Charlie5-year old Charlie

Charlie was diagnosed with DIPG shortly before his third birthday.  Undaunted, he drew pictures of pirates, dinosaurs and zombies with gusto and unquenchable humor. He drew this self-portrait as a pirate a few months before his death at five and a half.





The Pooping UnicornAnd pictures can be naughty
This is a birthday card, drawn in November 2013, for a birthday months later in 2014.

Charlie and his sister Esther had been fighting over a plastic unicorn.  Later that day, just a couple of weeks before his death, Charlie decided to draw a card that would make his sister laugh.

He declared it was for Esther's birthday the following year. He knew she would laugh.

Send us your child's pictures and let's tell the story!
If you have artwork by a child who is gravely ill or who died, let us publish a picture and tell your child's story.