The Art Party planned for Newman Elementary School in Needham has a new charitable goal, after the little boy for whom the party was originally intended to raise money obtained health insurance, according to event organizers.
The party will now be raising money for all young children who are sick and battling life threatening illnesses.
Local nonprofit Kidz be Kidz organized the fundraiser, where students would gather to draw hearts that would be available for sale online in exchange for donations, to benefit a four-year-old boy named Felipe, who had traveled to America for a liver transplant he could not afford.
But before the party, Felipe’s situation changed.
“We learned that Felipe’s cancer has come back in his lungs and therefore he will need to have chemotherapy for six months before a liver transplant can be done,” wrote the organizers in an e-mail. “In addition, Felipe and his father have very recently obtained health insurance coverage through Tufts Health Plan.”
Another organization also raising money for Felipe informed the Kidz be Kidz organizers that they had raised enough funds to cover co-payments and other costs not covered by the HMO.
Needham children participating in the Art Party will draw artwork that will be uploaded to an online gallery. Donors can pick drawings they like, and for a donation, those drawings will be printed on custom Wicked Good Kidz b Kidz cookies and shipped for them.
All proceeds will go back to pediatric medical research to help other sick children and to help Kidz be Kidz continue its programs.