Ruston mom honors in an artistic way her son after he was severely injured

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RUSTON, La, (KNOE) - Kimber Hanchey is honoring her son, Seth, through art.

"I said, 'God give me an idea,' and I literally started painting,” Kimber said. “I haven't been trained. I've never done anything like this."

She says Seth inspired her to paint after he was hit by a car seven years ago while training for a triathlon.

"So out of this, these paintings were birthed, Seth has had a lot of, I say, angelic encounters through his recovery process," Kimber said.

Seth survived, but a traumatic brain injury forced doctors to remove the left side of his skull, leaving him with a speech impairment.

"He was on a ride in doing all the right things, then something terrible happens," said Kimber.

But Kimber's turning this tragedy into a triumph. An organization now bears her son's name. The "Team Seth Foundation" supports others with similar injuries and lets them know they're not alone.

"That way we're able to help children with their medical and therapy needs,” Kimber said. “We give them a $500 dollar gifting. It's not much, but insurance doesn't cover a lot of the therapy."

Kimber is also helping with her art. Her paintings now sit at Ruston Artisans in an exhibit called Angels Among Us.

When someone buys the painting, the money goes to the Team Seth Foundation. Seth says he's honored.

"This is real, real...wow," Seth said.

An expression of art, healing, and giving all with one stroke.

The exhibit will be on display until January 8th.

If you would like to donate to the Team Seth Foundation, go to teamsethfoundation.org.