CHAP, who’s mission is to bring the healing power of art to children in crisis, hosts an Animation Camp for children on the oncology floor of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. They expanded the Animation Camp from individual stories to create an art free-for-all that CHAP now calls “The Adventures of Bacon Boy” on the CHAP Children’s Cancer Cartoon Network (CCCN). CHAP designed a new art class for the kids, CHAP Power Helmets — for covering the heads of children battling cancer as they loose their hair.
The Children’s Cancer Cartoon Network was created from the inspiration of Austin Winters left us through his superhero, Bacon Boy, and arch nemesis, Fry Guy. Austin’s humor, humanity and artistic talents have inspired other children battling cancer to continue their conversation with him through art. Characters began to appear as portraits of their diagnosis, both as villains and superheroses, in ways that not only entertain us but also educate us about what it is like to live with cancer.
Through The Nasti Needler we learn about the shots a patient may need to get better, how many, the sizes and the medications. The same is true of Miss Pill-in-a-tor, a stylish pill with nice high heels who stuffs her pills down her throat and shoots them like a machine gun as we learn about the sizes of pills, how some are liquid, others are ground up and how often they need to be taken. The Children’s Cancer Cartoon Network gives each one of these children a platform to bring their humor to life in a unique way that both entertains and educates us at the same time.