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Yumi Hogan launches art therapy program at UM children's hospital

Yumi Hogan launches art therapy program at UM children's hospital

Josh Birch often puts on a strong front as he undergoes cancer treatments for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. But the 13-year-old’s steel facade cracked when an artist in residence at the University of Maryland Children’s Center recently asked him to draw the first thing that popped in his head.

Josh sketched out a beach — and then he started crying.

His family typically spends the summer splashing in the waves of Ocean City, which Josh calls his “happy place”. But this year they couldn’t go to the beach because of his illness.

As Josh wept, artist-in-residence Marty Weishaar gently prodded the teenager to talk more about what he was feeling. Sometimes, it can be...