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Art classes at Riley Hospital are helping relieve stress for parents with sick kids

Art classes at Riley Hospital are helping relieve stress for parents with sick kids. // WSBT 22 photo

It's a lesson in creativity and coping.

Art class at Riley Hospital for Children is teaching both for parents with children fighting life-threatening illness.

The class helped one mom when she needed it most.

Someone once said that art doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to be meaningful. That's especially true in this art studio.

This is one of the art therapy classes at Riley Hospital for IU Health.

These artists are all parents or care providers who have children undergoing treatment at the hospital. In some cases, life-saving treatment.

These classes give the parents a welcome respite from the stress of having a child who's very sick.

For parents like Miranda Cunningham, the art therapy provided support when she needed it most.

Her daughter Mia was in Riley for five months following a premature birth. The classes were often the only time Miranda left her baby's side.

The class is set up for non-artists with templates and simple materials.

It's not about creating a masterpiece, it’s about creating a memory.

The program receives help from "Pottery by You." The business donates all the material and expertise for the art therapy class.

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