A Little Piece of Me - Zoe

30 Nov 1999

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the portraits featured in SCHF Art Program’s A Little Piece of Me exhibition are worth so much more for families with children living with life-limiting conditions.

This winter, the unique pixel portraits featuring patients cared for by Paediatric Palliative Care teams across Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and John Hunter Children’s Hospital return to the walls of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, and John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

Created in collaboration with artist Andrew Christie, these portraits will tell a unique story, not only of each patient’s journey, but of the things that have shaped their identity.

Zoe, 3 years old

Stories like that of young Zoe, who has been diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – the most aggressive of all childhood cancers.

“This project gives us the privilege to honour the brave, beautiful little girl Zoe is and the precious moments we shared with the wonderful people in our lives,” said Huyen, Zoe’s mum.

Made up of hundreds of tiny images, Zoe’s portrait captures her gorgeous smile, her bright eyes, her family from afar and all the incredible people in her life today. 

“Our lives have been turned upside down by the devastating cancer diagnosis. Zoe has been going through so much over the last 22 months, but never for one moment did we let this cancer define her.”

The final artwork creatively captures Zoe’s life and love outside of her illness and offers Huyen a tangible memory she can cherish for many years.

“I am in awe of her bravery and resilience. I am extremely grateful and proud to be her mum no matter what life brings, and we are so thankful to be able to make the most of every single moment together.”

A Little Piece of Me is on display at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, and John Hunter Children’s Hospital until the end of August.

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