Emma Stumpf knows just how powerful art can be. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor as a young child, Emma went through 70 weeks of chemotherapy, 6 weeks of radiation, and over a dozen brain surgeries. On days she wasn’t able to leave her room, she gathered art supplies and went to work, using yellow paint when she felt happy, blue paint when she felt sad, and clay when she felt angry. “I have spent over half my life in the hospital, and I personally know how helpful art can be,” Emma says. “We are just little kids dealing with adult-size problems, and we don’t always know how to talk about it. Art helps with that.”
Emma’s dream is to give art supplies to every kid who’s going through a hard time and needs to express themselves. Since she won LEAD360 in 2017 Multiplying Good helped her activate her project nationwide, and connected Emma with Cancer Support so she can continue to have significant impact, spreading hope through creativity.