Kids Who Have Experienced Illness Have Amazing Tales To Tell. This Artist is Helping Share Those Stories.
Dallas Graham, a graphic designer and photographer, believes strongly in the creative storytelling potential of young people who have experienced extreme illness or injury. After spending time with some of those creative kids, working with them to come up with stories—and the artwork and writing to bring the tales to life—Dallas' theory that such young people have powerful stories to tell was confirmed. So he launched the Red Fred Project, an initiative to create 50 books with 50 children from all 50 states.
"These are children who have come to know life in a very different way... because of the pain, and their hope, and their imagination," Dallas explains.
While Dallas provides some of the technical work to make the books a reality, the young people provide all the creative inspiration.
One of those young people is Lauren, a 15-year old who has been fighting cancer for more than 10 years. In the video above, you can meet her and watch her work with Dallas to develop the story for her creation, a beautiful book that came from her own ideas.
"I think it's cool that I get to make it the way I want to look," Lauren says. See more from her by watching our video! And for more amazing stories of perseverance, visit our Youtube Channel and Facebook page.