Caring for kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Class Acts-Project Picasso

Project Picasso volunteer Nancy Rekhelman taught cancer patients how to create Chihuly-inspired sculptures with clay and toothpicks.

“Some days are better than others for these kids. A lot of times they come in talking about their surgeries and other things no child should have to talk about. So it’s great to see them get engaged and talk about colors and shapes.”
— Project Picasso volunteer Nancy Rekhelman, who leads art projects with children suffering from blood diseases or cancer. Rekhelman studied painting in the Sam Fox School and anthropology in Arts & Sciences.


“I have discovered this passion for working with children. It may be because I’ve never fully grown up, but I have as much fun as they do. Whether we are playing princesses or playing with toys, my goal is to get them to forget we are in a hospital.”
— Personal Pal volunteer Steve Ignell, who plays with sick children in the Child Life Playroom. Ignell majored in biology in Arts & Sciences


“These babies need someone to hold them so they are able to develop. To see how much these fragile babies can grow in just one month makes me amazed at the power of medicine. It’s a very joyful feeling.”
— NICU volunteer Phuong Le, who serves premature babies and their parents. Le majored in biology and psychology in Arts & Sciences


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