World-renowned illusionist and the biggest name in magic, Criss Angel is the latest Las Vegas headliner to sponsor a themed patient exam room at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (Pictured: Criss Angel with Las Vegas-based artist Juan Muniz (L) and Angel’s 5-year-old son, Johnny Crisstopher – Photo credit: Tonya Harvey)
Angel, Shaunyl Benson and their five-year-old son Johnny Crisstopher, who endured his own three-year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, revealed the themed patient exam room together on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is an organization close to my heart and as an ally to those affected by pediatric cancer, I am grateful for any opportunity I have to get involved,” said Angel. “Having a calm and colorful patient exam room is so important throughout a child’s treatment plan so I’m honored to be able to sponsor this latest addition to the clinic.”
The kid-friendly themes and colorful artwork used to cover the walls of the exam room are loosely based on elements incorporated into Criss Angel MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. In honor of those affected by pediatric cancer, Angel’s immersive theater includes handprints provided by Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patients.
This will be Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s second themed patient exam room in the clinic. Las Vegas artist Juan Muniz will again create the one-of-a-kind illustrations that will help entertain and inspire young patients who are often required to have weekly or monthly doctor visits as part of their treatment. Muniz’s illustrations include a caricature of Criss Angel, tree, and handprints representing those being treated at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.
“Criss Angel has been a strong and consistent supporter of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation,” said Annette Logan-Parker, president and CEO of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “Even before his own son was diagnosed with cancer, Criss was an advocate for the needs of childhood cancer patients in Southern Nevada. His support has helped our organization provide treatment to the most vulnerable in our community.”
A long-time supporter of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Angel has attended Circus Couture, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s largest fundraiser, and has donated six figure contributions during the live auction to garner further awareness and provide additional support.
All illustrations and artwork in the Criss Angel-themed exam room must be incorporated around the necessary medical equipment in the room and special considerations are also made, including the use of microbial resistant glossy paint that allows the room to be cleaned and sterilized.
Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is Nevada’s only childhood cancer outpatient treatment center. Patients are accepted with good insurance, bad insurance or no insurance. No child is turned away from treatment for financial reasons. cure4thekids.org