Real art from Riley kids

Max Heffernan's artwork

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Our Culture of Good recently partnered with the Riley Children’s Foundation to sponsor and celebrate the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths spotlight the inspirational artwork of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll delve deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork.

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Max Heffernan’s story

Max Heffernan hails from Indianapolis, Indiana, near the Riley Children’s Hospital. He developed kidney problems as a newborn, and was quickly admitted into the Riley Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riley. Soon, doctors determined that he was born with posterior urethral valves, a common bladder condition that was fixable with a quick surgery. But doctors soon found that Max had significant lung, bladder, and kidney damage. Because of this, Max needs dialysis treatment daily. He’s currently on the waiting list to get a new kidney in 2016. Max is tackling learning how to walk, now that he’s checked crawling off his to-do list. His favorite hobbies include going outside and playing on the slide and swings.

Max’s Artwork

Lobster artwork - Riley Children's Hospital's Max Heffernan

His artwork, pictured above, features a bright red lobster, which reflects Max’s love of nature. By painting his own hands and feet and then incorporating those prints into the body of his lobster, Max added his own unique touches of creativity. The googly eyes make Max’s art even more fun and light-hearted.

TCC is pleased to offer Max’s artwork on a microfiber cloth. You can immediately see which cloth is Max’s because the container also features the lobster art, his name, and story.

Check back on the TCC Talk blog for stories about each Riley child and the artwork they created. 100% of all microfiber cloth sales goes back to Riley Hospital. So don’t forget to go to your neighborhood TCC store to choose your favorite microfiber cloth.


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