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Second Lady Karen Pence promotes art therapy at SA hospital

Second Lady Karen Pence says that art therapy is not just arts and crafts, it's a program that is making a difference worldwide.

While Vice President Mike Pence was giving his speech downtown on Friday, his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, was championing a cause she believes in at Methodist Children's Hospital.

The second lady is a major supporter of Tracy's Kids, an art therapy program for young cancer patients. It’s a cause she strongly believes in and is passionate about.

"Art therapists are so misunderstood," she said. "People don't understand that art therapists are people with advanced degrees who are trained to help the healing process."

She got to see first-hand the healing work art therapy is doing at Methodist Children's. Cancer patient Emanii Younassoghlou loves the program.

"It just kind of brings me to another world," she said. "It makes me forget a lot about my problems."

The 14-year-old, who has leukemia, spends most of her days in and out of the hospital. She loves art therapy because it helps her cope with the stresses of life.

"I need that sometimes when I have a lot of issues," she said. "I just don't want to talk about it, I can just put it out in a canvas or any artwork I have."

The second lady said that art therapy is not just arts and crafts, it’s a program that is making a difference worldwide. The former art teacher even gave her own piece of art as a gift to the hospital.

Second Lady Karen Pence has visited art therapy programs all over the world. She came from Israel just two weeks ago. Now she can include San Antonio on that list.