Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kid! Interview with Emma Stumpf

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM Editor

 

Emma Stumpf is the founder of Emma’s Art Cart, an organization she created with her art teacher Lisa Durst after her own struggles with brain cancer. Emma noticed that art helped her cope with the challenges and, through Emma’s Art Cart, wants to help other kids by providing art kits to hospitals. She was named the Lead360* winner recently for her efforts. Read on to learn more about Emma’s story.

*LEAD360 is a national competition for those who are dedicated to serving their community. Amazing Kids! Magazine has covered other honorees as well, including Kickin’ Violence’s Grace Wickerson.

Amazing Kids (AK): What inspired you to create Emma’s Art Cart? 

Emma Stumpf (ES): I was sick in the hospital, and there were times I could not make it to the play room to do art therapy or an art therapist wasn’t always available, so I wanted kids to be able to have something they could work on in their rooms.

AK: How does art create a meaningful impact on your life? 

ES: It has allowed me to express myself when I always wasn’t able or ready to speak about it. I could use colors to paint my feelings or clay to squeeze and make things with when angry.

AK: Is there anyone who’s helped you throughout this journey? How did they help? 

ES: My family and my art teacher Mrs. Durst. They were the biggest supporters. Mrs. Durst is the one who helped get the art cart going.

AK: If you could change one thing about this world, what would you change, and why? 

ES: I would wish that no kids or adults had to ever deal with cancer and everyone could live a healthy, happy life.

AK: What was the hardest part of creating Emma’s Art Carts?

ES: Keeping up with the demand. We do everything through donation.

AK: What do you regard as your biggest accomplishment? 

ES: Fighting cancer for eight years and still winning.

AK: What are your goals for the future? 

ES: I want to see an Art Cart in every children’s hospital and be able to work at a children’s hospital and help the kids.

AK: What advice would you give to our readers about following their dreams and making a difference? 

ES: Anyone, no matter your circumstances or age, can make a difference to a community or a person. If every person took the time to do one good thing every day for someone, this world could become a much better and positive place.

AK: Do you have anything else to add? 

ES: Just to say thank you for all the continued support for the Art Cart and myself. It means the world to me and keeps me going.

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