Children's Hospital Colorado

Brave and Business Minded

The Colorado Springs Business Journal | August 12, 2016
A kid wearing a white polo holds a piece of wood-carved art.

Kids like Cheyenne Dyess are one-of-a-kind. At just eleven years old, Cheyenne has already battled T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and started her own business while she received treatment at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

“When I was first diagnosed, I spent a lot of time in the hospital and wood burning was something I looked forward to,” Cheyenne said. Woodburning, or pyrography, is the art of burning a design on wood with a heated tool, is a craft that motivates Cheyenne. Thus in November of 2015, Crafts by Cheyenne was born.

Amy, Cheyenne’s mom and financial advisor, has helped her print business cards and order sheets and assisted in setting up at craft fairs and fundraisers. Her dad taught her how to use a ledger, helped her buy stock and open a mutual fund — pretty impressive for her young age!

More than just crafts

Even though Cheyenne started her business as a way to pass the time during treatment, it also gives her a sense of purpose and lift her spirits during difficult times. Dr. Lisa Reaves from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders would have to agree: “She hung in there through some tricky hours and her bright personality shined through.”

Read the full story about Cheynne Dyess at the Colorado Springs Business Journal.