DETROIT – Ford Motor Company celebrated the culmination of the 2012 Heart Behind the Oval Detroit Community Challenge with Ford Blue Oval Scholar Alexandra Monyhan at an event at The Healing Art Gallery in Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital on Saturday, Dec 1. Earlier this year, Ford launched the Heart Behind the Oval Detroit Community Challenge competition. This initiative challenged Ford Blue Oval Scholars in metro Detroit to identify an important problem in their community and come up with a creative solution to make a difference for those in need. Three winners received funding to implement their proposal as well as a college scholarship. Ms. Monyhan was one of the students who answered the call.
Monyhan partnered with Camp Kesem, a national, student-run, non-profit organization that offers a free week of summer camp for youth who have or have had a parent with cancer. As part of her entry to the Heart Behind the Oval Detroit Community Challenge, Monyhan outlined that she and her teen campers would create a mural with a goal of hanging their piece in a local hospital to bring hope to those who see it.
“The Ford grant helped tremendously with camp this year; because of the extra funding, we were able to provide a free week of summer camp to 13 teenagers who have or have had a parent with cancer. The grant allowed us to not just pay for them to come to camp, but also funded their service project; they worked together to not only create a beautiful painting that represented what our Camp Kesem family means to them, but also created a gift that will bring that same joy to children and their families who are also going through hard times in the hospital. Thank you Ford!” said Monyhan.
Camp Kesem campers, their families and staff along with Ford Motor Company representatives will celebrate the campers’ service at this event from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. this Saturday. The mural will hang in The Healing Art Gallery until Jan. 10, 2013. The Healing Art Gallery is open 24 hours and is located in Detroit at 2799 West Grand Blvd in the East Clinic Lobby of the Henry Ford Hospital. For more information, visit www.henryford.com/healingarts.