Back on April 16th 2017, at the age of only 12-years-old, Olivia Hope LoRusso sadly passed away after a 15-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Although she went through a series of treatments since she first learned she had the disease at the age of 11, including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant (her twin sister Sabrina was her donor), the cancer could not be beat.
But through her passing, Olivia’s memory lives on to this very day, thanks to her family who started the Olivia Hope Foundation back in 2018 here in the United States (and worldwide) to honor Olivia’s dying wish to fight for a better world for kids with cancer. And while raising a lot of money for the foundation and finding new ways to support other families going through their own battles with childhood cancer, Olivia also left behind special pieces of artwork that continue to teach us and inspire us.
Whether she was at home in quarantine for her bone marrow transplant, or at the hospital painting abstract designs using syringes (yes, you read that right!), Olivia always found a way to create and inspire. While she may not be here physically today to explain her pieces, just viewing them can open-up thoughts and imagination of a brave young child taking on the world. She may not have the fame as other painters who passed, but you can’t help but feel a special connection to each design Olivia spent her final days creating out of pure joy.
And while the Olivia Hope Foundation continues forward strong with celebrity ambassadors such as Stranger Thing’s actress Millie Bobby Brown and others helping to raise funds and share the memory of 12-year-old Olivia, it is by giving exposure to her art and connecting to this young girl to better ourselves/mindset, to live each day to the fullest with love and compassion, that her memory truly shines on.
For more on the OHF and to learn more about Olivia, please visit: www.oliviahope.org