Childhood cancer survivor, Janvi Shahi, has taken a lifelong passion for painting and turned her talent into an inspirational story of giving. At just 18 years old, Janvi has already created hundreds of exquisite pieces of art. But it’s what the Flower Mound native has done with her paintings that’s truly stirring.
Janvi’s Make-A-Wish journey began at the young age of 3½ when she qualified for and was granted a wish. After facing a relapse on the same day she and her family had just started celebrating beating her cancer, Janvi learned that a second wish was not an option, so she decided to take action and help other wish kids.
“I used to do art to help express my pain and my feelings when I was going through my treatment,” Janvi said.
With a lofty goal of raising $100,000 for Make-A-Wish by selling her artwork, Janvi entered Wish Night 2017 $2,000 shy of eclipsing her mark with a very special painting up for auction. On stage, she unveiled a portrait of Chris Greicius, the seven-year-old who wished to be a police officer in 1980 that led to the global phenomenon Make-A-Wish has become today. With Greicius’ mother, Linda Pauling, standing to Janvi’s left, the painting sold for an inspirational $90,000, upping Janvi’s total money raised for Make-A-Wish to nearly $200,000. The heart-warming moment was crowned when the two winning bidders donated the painting to Pauling for her to cherish forever.
“Make-A-Wish really makes me feel who I am today,” Janvi said. “It made me realize I can help people while doing something I enjoy. I hope to keep Make-A-Wish with me wherever I go.”
Through her art and by serving as a Wish Ambassador, Janvi has continuously served the cause she so passionately believes in. She has received numerous accolades throughout her life for her efforts and accomplishments. In October of 2016, Janvi was presented the coveted Indomitable Spirit Award by Make-A-Wish America, the highest award given to a volunteer each year.
A true Wish Hero and inspiration, Janvi will begin the next chapter of her life this fall when she attends SCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia, where she plans to continue painting and giving back to Make-A-Wish.
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