Thursday, August 6, 2015

Houses of Hope

Tyler Bloom, 8, talks about having his bird house on display at White Marsh Mall as part of the Cool Kids Campaign's Houses of Hope program. WBAL TV photo.

It's called the Houses of Hope. Designed through the Cool Kids Campaign, the birdhouses on display were made by childhood cancer survivors or those still battling the disease.

Tyler Bloom is one of those artists. The 8-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 3 1/2 years old. He said he loves seeing his work on display.

There are 36 birdhouses on display divided between White Marsh Mall, Towson Town Center and the Mall in Columbia. The houses are not for sale or part of a fundraiser. They are there just to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and those battling the disease.

"It really is the positive sign of hope, and it gives them an outlet to be creative and to express themselves and to take them out of the world of cancer treatment and diagnosis," said Lisa Bisenius, general manager at White Marsh Mall.

The hope is that people will stop for a moment, check them out and reflect of what they mean to those that created them.

"I think there is something in each of them in how to look at life," Chandra Bloom, Tyler's mother, said.

---from WBAL TV

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