Teen helps kids through terminal illness with 'heART' therapy

RUSTON, La. - Olivia Cuthbert is a normal high school teenager, but what she does after school isn't exactly on the agenda of most 16-year-olds.

Unlike most, she's got a non-profit organization to run.
"I've always loved art as a child and i'd always do like art projects and I was always very crafty," 

However, it wasn't until she met a young girl in the fight of her life--that she knew how to put that passion into focus.
"I was inspired by a church family friend with a brain tumor called Ependymoma at the age of two and she passed away at the age of seven," Cuthbert said.

Her name was Katy and she left a mark on Olivia that she will never forget. 

"Katy was very special to Olivia they just shared that love of art together," Olivia's mother, 

Now she hopes to make an impact on kids like Katy through a  project she calls work of heart

"It's kind of like a work of heart because I'm sharing a piece of my heart with other kids," Cuthbert said.

"She is excellent she loves kids she's got an enthusiasm she knows what she's doing," Painter's Palette owner, Melanie King said.

King has seen Olivia's dream grow from the ground up.

Her passion for art molded right here in Monroe at the Painter's Palette art studio.

For some of these young patients, their art can be the light in a dark place.

"Sometimes those children sit in hospital rooms for months at a time," Mabou said.

"It becomes a little part of you and it helps you get through a horrible situation," 

She believes every hospital that treats children should bring Olivia in.

"Doing it free of charge they're coming in there and making life better for people she can do a lot of good and hospitals will profit," King said.

Life is a little hectic these days but she has plenty of support..

"I'm just very proud and you know it makes us feel good as parents to know that we're doing something right," Mabou said.

For more on 'A Work of heART' visit the Facebook or Instagram page or visit the website below.

https://www.gofundme.com/AWorkofHEART


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