The ART-i-ficial Limb Projekt Ambassador
Brooke Coskun was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2013 at the age of 10. She has endured intense chemotherapy and right leg amputation. Over the last 6.5 years she has relapsed another 3 times and endured intense chemotherapy and radiation.
Life became a very dark place with Brooke having to learn to walk on prosthesis and have the general public continuously stare.
12 months ago we were referred to Creative Art Therapy Australia (CATA) and I met with the team explaining Brooke's journey. Brooke clearly objected to having the team come into our home. Past psychologists and different types of allied health and therapy associated with the hospital were not a good experience for Brooke.
Brooke soon realised this team was with her on the journey to support her through these dark days and bring the brighter days back.
CATA team have created an amazing opportunity to work with artists and street artists allowing kids to design their own art for their prosthesis. This offers a sense of control when amputation leaves no control. For those that continue to stare at these kids with prosthesis they soon would see beautiful art, a person’s story.
Brooke was excited to become the Ambassador of the ART-i-ficial Limb Projekt and work with the team to give her insights, inputs and be part of the program development. Brooke had the opportunity to work street artists and design "life is bright" on an external wall located at Thinkers and Makers Society, 35 Colebrook Street, Brunswick.
This will touch many kids as it's giving them the power back!
Brooke's mum, Joanne Coskun