Young leukemia survivor grants Wishes through art



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Posted on May 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 8:07 PM

You've heard the saying, "life comes full circle" — but when you're 13 years old?

When leukemia strikes as a toddler, life teaches tough lessons all too early.

Janvi Shahi beat cancer; now she's fighting for other kids through her artwork. She paints with the promise of a wish.

"It makes me relaxed and away from my worries," Janvi said, painting in a special art room at home.

Painting is a therapy and escape for the 13-year-old who battled leukemia twice, and credits art and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for bringing her hope to get through.

"It made me feel like I was normal like everybody else," she said.

Now cancer-free, Janvi paints to raise money for other Wish kids. So far, her work has raised $51,000 — that's roughly the price of seven wishes.

Even at her young age, Janvi knows why she does it.

"Maybe God will give them a chance, like they gave me," she said.

Janvi wants to be an oncologist one day, but knows in the meantime, every stroke of her brush can help.

Now, her artwork is even commissioned by art lovers. One piece recently went for $15,000.

"I was kind of shocked, so I didn't really have a reaction," Janvi said. "I was stunned. You feel all excited and jumpy on the inside. Like you helped somebody."

And she is helping — but not just through her gift of expression. She also offers words of advice to kids in the thick of hard times.

“I just tell them it's going to get better... doctors know what they are doing."

Here's how you can help another Wish come true: On Monday, we introduced you to Zander. He wants to be a zookeeper for a day, and is on a scavenger hunt to find Chompy the Alligator.

The more "likes" the Make-A-Wish story gets on the News 8 Facebook page, the more cool stuff Zander gets to help him find Chompy.

We'll update you on how we're doing throughout the week.