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April’s Story

IMG_0574April Cundy was born on March 27, 1994 to Randy and Linda Cundy.  She was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome at the age of 12.  As a result of the syndrome, April is not able to speak and is behind in all areas of development, but brings joy to all who meet her.

She attended Children’s Care Hospital and School (now LifeScape) in Sioux Falls, SD, from age 5 to 18.  At LifeScape, April’s teachers, therapists, and nurses have developed a program to help April be more in control of her behaviors.  One of her teachers, Annie O’Fallon Norton, recognized her love for acrylic painting and since then, April has created many paintings on canvas or wood and has given them as gifts to family and friends.  We are looking to her future as an adult and how she can support herself doing something she enjoys and selling her art at shows.

April uses the money she earns from the sale of her artwork to take those she loves to the  movies, go shopping for treats and clothes, and to purchase art supplies for continued painting.

April left LifeScape for a period of time but has returned and she will live and attend school at the children’s facility until she transitions to LifeScape’s adult facility in Sioux Falls at the age of 21. April continues to create beautiful art every week with staff and her art teacher in Sioux Falls. LifeScape is working with us to help April get her art out in the community.

Thanks for checking April’s artwork out!!

8 responses

  1. April is busy creating more art as time allows. We continue with her lessons with her teacher, Annie, in SF and then we paint on the weekends when she is home with us in Madison. As soon as we get enough art created, then we will look for a local show to take April to. April has been asking for another art show. She loves the people and the activity that go along with a show.

    I no longer have pictures of art that are for sale, because it is too difficult to keep that up-to-date. If I ever do put more artwork on there, it will be prints that I can mail out easier if people want them. I just have to find a local printing place to bring her canvas art to.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:32 am

  2. Pauline allard

    amHi Linda. I’m Suzanne’s mom. She told me about seeing you and Aprils wonderful art. Congratulations on your book publishing. You and your husband have done a wonderful job. What a great example you have shown for others. Good luck and Gods blessing.

    March 30, 2012 at 12:24 am

  3. Eric Magnuson

    April and Linda:
    What a joy to see April enjoying the arts with mom! I so enjoyed working with the both of you at CCHS. Thanks for the memories. When could I potentially buy some of April’s artwork? I love it!
    See you around….Eric Magnuson

    October 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

  4. Laura DeHaai Hegstrom

    Her art is wonderful!! so talented! I love the abstract paintings. If she ever has some to choose from, I would love to have the opportunity to buy one. Thanks

    March 22, 2014 at 3:36 am

    • Linda Cundy

      I apologize for not responding to your request to look at some paintings created by April. It is a challenge for me to sell artwork through the website. We have paintings and I can take pictures of some and send by email if you could let me know colors and perhaps sizes. If you are in the Sioux Falls, SD area I could even stop by with some. Where is it that you live?

      January 3, 2015 at 1:39 am

  5. Betsy

    Linda and April –
    Thank you so much for the gift of the book you wrote. Can you tell me where I can get multiple copies? I’m thinking of giving them to our Sunday School kids. It would be great to get together sometime. I wish we would have met before this week.

    May 25, 2015 at 1:25 am

    • Hi, Betsy……I apologize for not getting back to you. I am learning more about my website and how to make sure that I get updates on comments. So glad you enjoy the book. You can purchase the book online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Otherwise I would be glad to mail you copies at $5.00 each for orders of 3 or more. Online they will be $8.00 or more probably. Just email me at if you are still interested.

      October 22, 2015 at 1:10 am

  6. Jamie Nelson

    Hey, Linda–Let me know if this sends you a message at your email. Thanks.

    November 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

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