Our Culture of Good recently partnered with the Riley Children’s Foundation to sponsor and celebrate the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths spotlight the inspirational artwork of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll delve deeper into each artist’s story and how that might inspire their artwork.
Dejon Walker’s story
Dejon Walker was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. When he was five, Dejon started treatments at Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University Health for a rare respiratory disease, called pulmonary lymphangiectasia. This disease affects Dejon's lymph nodes and lungs, it makes fighting off colds difficult. Doctors admitted him for emergency surgery, where he received a tracheotomy to breathe more easily.
While he spent long hours at the hospital, Dejon pursued the joy he found in music and art. He flourished with creativity in his life. And today, he continues to enjoy the arts. He also became more active, because now he loves to ride his bicycle and play tennis. His determination and intelligence shine through his classwork, despite the many challenges he’s faced in his life.
One day, Dejon hopes to become a police officer, so he can “serve and protect” the family, friends, and community he loves.
Dejon’s artwork, pictured to the right, is a beautiful pastel sunset over sparkling water. The sun’s reflection in the water is a rainbow of reds, oranges, and yellows. Clearly, Dejon understands color and how to apply it. The resulting sunset picture is complimentary and calming.
TCC is pleased to offer Dejon’s artwork on a microfiber cloth. Fortunately, picking out Dejon’s art is easy because the container tells the story of his art and inspirations.
Check back on the TCC Talk blog for stories about each Riley child and the artwork they created. 100% of all microfiber cloth sales goes back to Riley Hospital. So don’t forget to go to your neighborhood TCC store to choose your favorite microfiber cloth.