Neighbors in Action: An update on Art for Charlie

Apr 23, 2014

'Where the River Cleaves' by Sam Knecht is the winner of the first annual Spirit of Michigan competition as a part of Art for Charlie Foundation.
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we have an update on Art for Charlie, the East Lansing-based non-profit that works to improve hospice care for children and bereavement services for families who have lost a child.

The organization is named after Charlie Waller, who passed away last December at the age of five from cancer.

Abigail Waller, Charlie's mother, and Richard Graham-Yooll, Abigail’s father, join Current State to about their goals and services and how they are rebuilding their lives after Charlie's passing.

Waller explains that the main mission of Art for Charlie is looking after a child once they are diagnosed with an illness, and supporting the family afterwards. Through auctions and by promoting art throughout the community, they are able to raise funds for families.

We could always use more nominations and we know there are people and organizations out there that are doing excellent work, but we just don’t know about them. Please help us out and tweet us suggestions at @KARCurrentState or send us an email to Put “Neighbors in Action” in the subject line and tell us why you think they should be featured for the great work they do.