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Local kids create holiday cards for non-profit

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Andra Tudor

ATLANTA -- Three young people from Gwinnett County, who have spent time at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, recently did their part to give back to the non-profit organization.

Art from William Smedlund, Andra Tudor and Amy Yu were usedd along with art from five other students in the state. Their drawings were used for the 2012 Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Holiday Card Program.

The cards recently went on sale, and will be available through Dec. 31. Proceeds will raise money for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's.

Ten-year-old Smedlund, a Lawrenceville resident, said he enjoys drawing and is excited to have his art featured as a 2012 holiday card. Smedlund has been a patient at the Marcus Autism Center and loves the people that cared for him there.

Tudor, also of Lawrenceville, said she loves science, swimming and coin and rock collecting. She sings in a choir and also takes piano lessons. The 11-year-old visited CHOA for high fevers and a fissured bone. She said she "enjoyed meeting the friendly staff" there during her treatment.

Yu, a Snellville resident, visits Children's regularly for therapy for an autism spectrum disorder. The 11-year-old excels at social studies in school and enjoys playing the piano and violin as well as bicycling and reading.

Proceeds from the card program will help fund the family support team at the Aflac Cancer Center. The team of specialists work together to provide each patient with the developmental, psychological, educational and emotional support they need throughout their journey with cancer or blood disorders.

The family support team includes child life specialists, social workers, school teachers, chaplains, music therapists and psychologists. Because the services of the family support team are not reimbursed by insurance, the Aflac Cancer Center relies on charitable contributions to provide services to patients and families.

To place an order or request a catalog, visit www.choa.org/cards or call 404 785-7380.