8-year-old cancer patient turns to art for relief

An 8-year-old Charlotte girl fighting cancer is turning into a budding artist thanks to a unique connection.

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on May 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 18 at 7:36 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An 8-year-old Charlotte girl fighting cancer is turning into a budding artist thanks to a unique connection.

A local artist is one of thousands of people following Ellie Potvin on the Web, where Ellie's family keeps everyone up to date on her care and condition.

The artist got in touch with the family and offered to have Ellie and her twin sister Grace paint at her studio.

What came out of it were some great paintings that have been turned into limited edition prints that you can buy to help pay Ellie's medical bills.

Artist Anne Nielsen said, "She's been a blessing to me. It's been amazing to see her blossom as an artist and a person. The first time she came in here she barely said a word, but then she really opened up to who Ellie is, and she is this incredible, spirited little girl."

Ellie told her new friend she is tired of people referring to her as a girl with cancer. She now thinks of herself as an artist.

Nielsen is also selling one of her original paintings and all the money goes to "Lift Up Ellie."

As far as Ellie's prognosis, her mother admits they need a miracle.

To purchase art for Ellie, visit http://www.anneneilsonfineart.com/ellie-potvin-prints/.

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