Digital Artist Creates Magical Worlds For Seriously Ill Kids

Digital Artist Creates Magical Worlds For Seriously Ill Kids

Hope for cancer child-ShawnVanDaele PhotographyA Canadian photographer is taking the wildest dreams of sick children and turning them into reality.

Since May of 2012 Shawn Van Daele has devoted his skills as a digital artist to a mission of mercy, creating gorgeous whimsical worlds for youngsters who are overcoming heart transplants and chemotherapy.

To start, the 37-year-old asks for drawings from the child that represent their biggest passion – from dinosaurs to castles, from pirates to fairies. Then he produces a dreamscape in which they are the main character.

“It’s really doing wonders for all the kids involved in the project,” Van Daele told the Good News Network. “It’s warming a ton of hearts.”

It’s called Drawing Hope, and starting in May 2014, Van Daele will be doing one ‘magical photo’ each month.

Van Daele wants to collect the artwork, the children’s stories and original drawings, under the common theme that “anything is possible,” for an inspirational storybook to be distributed to clinics, hospitals and therapy centres across Ontario, Canada, and elsewhere.

You can follow his imaginitive generosity play out on Facebook.

(SEE more photos below, and WATCH the video of a boy’s Thomas the Tank Engine dream coming true)

magical candyland-Shawn VanDaele Photography

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