These Kids With Cancer Painted A Spacesuit -- And Got To See It In Action!

OCTOBER 7, 2016  —  By Sarah Gzemski  

Sarah Gzemski

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Millions of children dream of going to space.

It's just one of those things that we fantasize about: the ability to touch the stars and explore the galaxy.

The reality is most people never become astronauts. But a group of young cancer patients at MD Anderson hospitals got to see their artwork blast off as part of a real-life space mission.

Through the Arts in Medicine program, child cancer patients painted triangles that would eventually be assembled into something truly out-of-this-world.

Their colorful and inspiring artwork was assembled into a real-life spacesuit that became the Spacesuit Project.

The spacesuit was named Courage after the brave children who fought through their illnesses to create it. It even made the cover of SciArt Magazine!

A second Courage suit was painted to actually launch to the International Space Station.

On July 18, the spacesuit took off in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. When it reached the International Space Station, astronaut Kate Rubins wore Courage and even spoke with some of its creators.

Though not all of the spacesuit Courage's young artists lived to see their art in space, for their peers and families, the project still symbolizes hope.

Art truly has the ability to heal, and this project reminds us all to reach for the stars. For more on the Spacesuit Project, visit their Facebook page.


(Via CNN)


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