Victoria teen's artwork featured on Driscoll Christmas card project
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Alexis Falcon has turned an image she saw in a dream into published artwork to benefit other ill children.
The 14-year-old Victoria resident's drawing of an angel is one of the images used on the Driscoll Children's Hospital Christmas cards and ornaments this year.
"There was a hand," said Alexis. "So I thought it was God sending one of his angels to come pick me up."
She developed an eye for art while in the hospital for seven months being treated for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare blood disorder.
"This is really going to lift her spirits," said Alexis' mother, Monica Falcon. "To me, it is something positive for her and the other children there to be honored like that."
Alexis was one of 19 children selected to have her work shown at a Hollywood-style event, where red carpet was rolled out, and their work was made available.
The proceeds will benefit cancer patients at Driscoll.
"Without the art, we would not have the cards," said Pat Kring, a member of the Driscoll Children's Hospital auxiliary. "We want one day to be fun."
For Alexis, the past few months have been a turnaround. After getting sick, she spent a few months between two hospitals. During that time, she was also unable to attend school.
While in the hospital, Alexis developed her artistic talent. Since then, she has continued to make pictures of the angel she saw, and it has been with her, Alexis said.
In September, Alexis started her first school year since being released from the hospital.
"I have lots of friends," she said, explaining that she is more confident than she was before.
Her mother believes that she has gone through a lot.
"Through the pain and everything, she just put her dreams and thoughts on paper," her mother said.