Olivia Bennett Teeuws‘ battle with childhood A.L.L. Leukemia started at the age of five. To help deal with the treatments, she took up the hobby of painting. Not only did she beat the disease, she discovered that others like Oprah and President George W. Bush were impressed with her work. By the age of 14, she had opened her own gallery and started teaching other youngsters how to become artists.
For the 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball live auction, Olivia has created a 6′ by 4′ acrylic triptych work of art — “Texas Revisited” — to be auctioned off with funds benefiting research for a specific cancer affecting children. For details on Olivia and the project funded by the auction of this painting, check the details below.
Art For A.L.L. Childhood Leukemia Research**
Olivia Bennett Teeuws, a childhood cancer survivor, has created a painting for the 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball in which the funds raised will specifically underwrite a research grant for childhood A.L.L. Leukemia. This original work of art, titled, “Texas Revisited,” is an acrylic triptych on three separate canvas panels, each measuring 72” x 48”.
Olivia is a nationally recognized art prodigy who found her artistic gift at age 5 while battling A.L.L. Leukemia. What started as a hobby and emotional escape from her cancer treatment soon turned into a passion and full time career. She sold her first piece of art at the age of 8, and from there, she started showing her work at local art shows around Texas. At age 12, she received national attention after her meeting with President Bush and her appearance on the The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2003, she was named, “One of the 20 Teens Who Will Change the World” by Teen People Magazine for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic work.
The money raised from this painting will directly fund research by Lauren Ehrlich, PhD through the University of Texas, Austin. The research regards the Identification of Mediators in the Tumor Microenvironment Promoting T-ALL. T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a cancer developing T cells that predominantly affects children.
The goals in the proposal are to determine whether specific stromal cells support tumor growth of T-ALL, identify the signals they use to support tumor growth and determine whether these same mechanisms are active in T-ALL patients.
* Donated by Olivia Bennett Teeuws ** No returns or exchanges on artwork. *** Photo provided by 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball