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kelly-beyea-buddy2The artist of the image is eleven-year-old New York resident, Kelly Beyea. Kelly enjoys skating, but because of her fatigue and muscle pain, she can never skate as long as she would like. Kelly has had health issues since birth and was diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy at age 3. Not long after that, she received a g-tube for nutritional support. She is the youngest of four sisters. Two of her older sisters also are affected by mitochondrial disease.

Kelly loves life and does not let her health challenges stop her from trying new things. She loves to hang out with her miniature horse, Buddy, to play military marches on her trumpet and to read mystery novels. Her grandmother is a painter, and she has been teaching Kelly how to paint. The subjects of her paintings are most often dolphins, sunsets and waterscapes, and her favorite color to use is cobalt blue. Above all, Kelly hopes that her artwork will inspire smiles and happiness for all who see it.

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