Whimsy World is inspired by the family's youngest daughter, Zéa Joli, who was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma Cancer at just 3 months of age. Her family of four continues to experience the healing power of art, music, and a supportive community while Zéa recovered from spinal surgery, endured a year of chemotherapy and as she currently receives intensive spinal cord rehabilitation in hopes to walk one day. Zéa receives local care in Miami, as well as, specialized follow up at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC and Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.
"For nearly a year we fought to save our daughter through medical and integrative treatments. While Zéa was confined to four walls in a new world, a hospital, our family personally experienced the healing power of art, music, and a supportive community. Zéa recovered from surgery and endured a year of chemotherapy, however, she continues to experience the late effects of the disease. Creative expression brought us from a dark hospital room to a colorful world of hope and healing. Color. Art. Music. We surrounded Zéa and her big sister, Kaia, with the healing power of the Arts and through our journey Whimsy World was born. Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide. We intend to create, explore and connect with kids in need."
- Heather Lane (Zéa's mom) | Whimsy World Founder + Executive Director