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Posted February 13, 2017
Fairview Elementary School recently collected art supplies to help a young cancer survivor give back to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Mason Deppiesse was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in April 2015, when he was only 7 years old. During his treatment, he had to stay overnight at Children’s Hospital for five nights in a row once a month.
“It would get very boring there, so Mason liked to work on art projects in his room,” said his cousin, Fairview fourth-grade teacher Brenda Schwaller. “But sometimes Mason was too sick to get out of bed, so his mom and dad would bring art supplies to his room.”
Mason is now 9 years old and a third-grader at Cedar Grove-Belgium Elementary School -- and feeling much better. He and his art teacher came up with a great way to give back to Children’s Hospital: bringing “Inspire, Create, Heal” totes filled with art supplies to sick kids.
Before the Fairview effort, Mason already had created more than 50 totes filled with art supplies for patients in the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Inpatient Unit and the Day Hospital at Children's Hospital.
Fairview collected items from Jan. 17 to 31, with each grade focusing on a different type of art supply to provide a variety. In the end, Fairview gathering more than 241 items – including 30 sets of markers, 29 glue sticks, 27 sets of colored pencils, and 26 boxes of crayons – enough to fill another 67 totes.
The students presented Mason and his mother, Michelle, with the supplies at an all-school assembly held Feb. 3 in the Fairview gym. Members of the Fairview Student Council, which organized the drive, read a poem and also quizzed Mason about how many items of different types were collected.