Welcome to the Art of Surviving

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
— Pablo Picasso

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and we are featuring the art and writings of survivors and patients diagnosed as children. Many brain tumor/brain cancer survivors find art and writing as a way to cope with the challenges that come with treatment, a means to calm and focus a healing brain or an opportunity to express their experiences. 

2019 Winners! 

Grand Prize Winner

Home Sweet Home / Grace Zhang

1D & 2D Art

Fighting the Odds / Levi Olson (Children)
A Self Reflection / Kat Love (Youth)
No Longer Serve Me / Sierra Barnes (Adult)

3-D & Multimedia

Penguin / Leo Lockyer (Children)
Home Sweet Home / Grace Zhang (Youth)
Simple / Lysette Palacio (Adult)


Living Miracle / Levi Olson (Children)
Backyard Night Sky / Jacob Reid (Adult)

Creative Writing

Waterfall / Elise Rosati (Adult)

People’s Choice

Smiling Fish / Zoe Pasco (Children)
Storage Whale / Will Mumford (Youth)
Radial Fatigue / Emily Hayes (Adult)

Thank you to all of the artists and writers that participated!


Patients and survivors of brain tumors who diagnosed under the age of 21 are eligible. Submissions will be accepted through this website beginning on April 1, 2019 at 9am ET through May 15, 2019 at 9pm ET. All entries will be judged by professional artists and writers. Winners will be announced on May 31, 2019. Entry form and guidelines »


Our mission is to provide quality-of-life support for childhood brain tumor survivors and their families. From the purchase of a lifesaving medical device to developing and producing tools to help with care management; we help  survivors thrive through creating connections to innovation and information that can improve life after survival. Find out more about us »

Meet the Jurors


Sandra Bloodworth
Sandra is an internationally recognized expert in public art and urban design. She is currently the director of MTA Arts & Design in New York. She joined MTA Arts & Design in 1988, after a successful career in the not-for-profit arena, and has served as the director since 1996. Sandra is also an artist. Visit her website »


Adam Cave
Owner of Adam Cave Fine Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC. Adam has served as art chair for the Alliance of Aids Services - Carolinas “Works of Heart” auction and has been a juror for the Greenville Museum of Art, the US Figure Skating Championships poster competition, Artspace and Artsplosure in Raleigh. Visit his website »


Rina Thaler
Rina Thaler is the Executive Director of the Art League of Ocean City, a non profit organization whose mission is to promote the arts in Ocean City, Maryland. She also serves on the Ocean City Arts Advisory Board. Thaler incorporates mixed media, collage and acrylics. Her favorite subjects are landscapes, abstracts and florals. Visit her website »


Sarah Miller Gelber
Sarah Miller Gelber is the owner and director of Miller Gallery in Charleston, SC. A graduate of the College of Charleston's Arts Management program, Sarah has worked in the fine arts industry since 2010. She's an active member with the American Heart Association and was the 2017/2018 Charleston Gallery Association President. Sarah’s gallery offers a variety of art services including art advisory, corporate art loan programs, and private installation. Visit her website »

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Brianna Wiest
Brianna Wiest is a writer, editor and author. She has built a worldwide readership through thousands of published articles and tens of millions of views. She is a senior contributor at Forbes, a top contributor at Medium, and writes for half a dozen other national publications. Brianna has traveled internationally as a journalist, written for Fortune 500 companies, and has spoken in cities around the continental United States. She is the author of five books, and the managing editor of Fine Living Lancaster. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. Visit her website »


How to support this initiative

Through connections with survivors, a common theme of creative exploration was discovered and an opportunity to showcase this form of expression was created to celebrate the art of those who have worked through unthinkable challenges.

RAWF is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides quality-of-life support to childhood brain tumor survivors. Your donations help us create opportunities like this for childhood brain tumor survivors.