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Toddler with cancer makes cards for a cause

The cards that three-year-old Aubrey Castro makes during her chemotherapy sessions are being sold to raise money for paediatric cancer research

The only thing better than a handmade card is a handmade card that also supports a good cause. Last May, three-year-old Aubrey Castro was diagnosed with leukaemia, according to ABC News. Since then, she has been painting and colouring her way through chemotherapy. Now, she’s using her artistic creativity to help kids like her who are battling cancer.


Little artist: Three-year-old Aubrey Castro, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last May, has been painting and colouring her way through treatment and wants to become an artist when she grows up; her family has already managed to sell 1,500 of the cards

After Aubrey’s family found out that the government only allocates 3.8 per cent of funding to paediatric cancer research, they decided to take initiative and raise money themselves by making and selling Mother’s Day cards.

“When Aubrey grows up, she says she wants to be a mommy and an artist,” a friend of the family wrote on Etsy, a website that sells handmade items. “She has created a greeting card that you can purchase and share with that special woman in your life that you want to honour on this holiday.”

Target set
They’ve sold about 1,500 cards so far, and hope to sell 2,014 by Mother’s Day. If they don’t reach their goal, they plan to continue selling the cards throughout the year for $5 on both St Baldrick’s Foundation’s website and a friend’s Etsy store.

“Even when she was at home and on steroids, she had an easel. It was painting and colouring ... that’s how the cards evolved,” said Vanessa Castro, Aubrey’s mom.

Aubrey is still undergoing chemotherapy, but hopes to be finished by July 2015. Her mum plans on supporting her daughter at St Baldrick’s ‘Mommas Shave for the Brave’ this summer in Boston, where she and 45 other mums will shave their heads, according to their Facebook page. 

2,014
The number of cards that they plan to sell by Mother’s Day

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