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Tomeek’s story from Riley kids – TCC & Riley Children’s Foundation

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-Albert Einstein

Riley Children's Hospital

TCC & Riley Children’s Foundation recently collaborated with Our Culture of Good to celebrate and sponsor the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths highlight the creativity of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll burrow deeper into each artist’s story to find out how they’re inspired. Here is Tomeek Smith’s story:

Tomeek Smith

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Tomeek was born with sickle cell anemia, which is a deformation of the blood cells moving throughout your body. She suffered her first stroke when she was just two years old. Ms. Smith continued to suffer from complications of anemia and more strokes throughout her early formative years. Finally, when she was 11, she was admitted into the Riley Children’s Hospital for treatment. Fortunately, since joining Riley, and later the Child Life department’s art therapy program, Tomeek has succeeded at staying healthy and happy.

Tomeek Smith artwork

Tomeek’s artwork

Tomeek’s artistic vision has already made quite an impression at Riley Children’s Hospital. She luckily found a featured artist spot in their inaugural art therapy exhibition “Creativity is Contagious”. So, it was no surprise when she created art for the Riley TCC microfiber cloths. Her painting is show-stopping on the microfiber cloth. The cloth features a happy and loving couple in silhouette, sitting on a tree swing, enjoying the vivid sunset before them. The couple sitting in silhouette are the perfect addition to the bright and mesmerizing colors of the sunset. Fireflies and light seems to dance all around the painting.

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. And don’t forget to go to your neighborhood TCC store to choose your favorite microfiber cloth.

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