Emma’s Art Cart was started in 2014 by Lisa Durst under her 501c3 organization Peace of Heart.
Lisa was giving classes to three students after school to help them deal with complications with their health. One of those students Emma Stumpf was dealing with a rare form of brain cancer. The inoperable tumor (Herman) as she calls it had put Emma through the maximum amount of Chemotherapy and radiation treatments for her life time. Emma expressed to Lisa that her dream was to provide an art cart to the patients at Riley Childrens Hospital filled with art kits which could be delivered to children recovering in their hospital beds.
This prompted Lisa to begin researching a process and products to provide safe and useful art kits that the hospital would approve. She has developed age appropriate kits and several different types of kits to meet the needs of the variety of children being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital. Emma and Lisa delivered the first 350 kits to Riley in late 2014. Emma’s Art Cart was an instant success and the demand of the kits has soared at the hospital. In 2015 over 1700 kits were dispersed to the patients at Riley Hospital.
Emma’s dream is not only to provide Riley Hospital with art Kits. Emma and Lisa want to take this great service and product to all Children Hospitals across the country. Emma and Lisa are very humble to have the support of so many kind donations and volunteers that have made Emma’s Art Cart possible. Emma’s Family, Emma and Peace of Heart want to thank you personally and ask that anything you can help with will be greatly appreciated.