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Sickle Cell Fund Brings Art Therapy to Nemours

Friday, Dec 2, 2011

Delaware Valley
Art Therapy for Sickle Cell Patients Comes to Nemours

Children with sickle cell create artwork that will be scanned and displayed quilt-style in the hospital.

The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund of Baltimore, MD, brought the therapeutic art program artSPEAKS, developed for children with sickle cell disease, to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in November.

The Fund was established to honor the memory of William Proudford by supporting sickle cell awareness, education, treatment, and research, and to bring hope to families affected by the disease.

Through artSPEAKS, children of all ages create powerful and compelling works that express the pain, struggles, triumphs, and hopes of living with sickle cell disease.

Over the past four years, the Proudford Fund has established a $100,000 endowment in William Proudford’s name to support sickle cell education and research at the duPont Hospital for Children.


About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.