Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Photographer’s Art Inspires Sick Children – and Saves Lives


The Drawing Hope Project is a multifaceted creative initiative that touches, changes, improves – and saves lives.  Shawn Van Daele, a photographer and artist living near Guelph Ontario, as well as owner of Renaissance Studios Photography, has been traveling to meet families and children living with conditions ranging from organ transplants to Down?s syndrome to rare forms of cancer and everything in between.  Shawn takes their own drawings, and transforms them into ?magical? photographs – starring themselves.

?This has been the most challenging and rewarding work of my professional career. Turning childrens’ imaginations into reality allows each child to become a fantastic character of their own design inspiring HOPE, not just for them, but for their families and their entire community? explained Shawn Van Daele.   Born from a desire to bring a bit of magic and joy to the lives of kids and their families who have been affected by serious illness, Shawn Van Daele combines his skills as a photographer and an artist with the talents and imaginations of these little heroes to create magical photos that will be included in a storybook designed to inspire HOPE.  Proceeds from the book return to the hospitals, foundations and groups that support the children featured in the story. These kids have the power to change the future for so many other families and communities in Canada as it inspires individuals to register as organ donors as they discover, follow, and support the project.  

The Drawing Hope Project is competing in the semi-final round for the Aviva Community Fund and is hoping for your vote.  Voting for the semi-final round ends on December 12, 2012 at 12pm EST, with judging of the top 30 finalists beginning December 20, 2012.  How can you help?  Vote for HOPE once until December 12, by visiting the Avivia Community Fund website and vote for The Drawing Hope Project to go nationwide and the magic can spread from coast to coast.  

Visit or click here to vote.  You can vote every day.  Every vote counts!

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