Kailua Kona, Hawaii, United States
Charity: Mana'olana Hope Inc.
Medical Condition: Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Caused by CPVT
Medical Therapy: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
Clint Doyle experienced brain damage from an early age after surviving sudden cardiac arrest. Doctors told his parents he may not survive. But he has. And today, one brushstroke at a time, Clint helps children imagine their dreams and then turn them into reality. Clint, who now has an implantable cardiac defibrillator, leads art programs for children with special needs, where he inspires and challenges them to stay focused on their goals.
"I was two when I survived my first episode of sudden cardiac arrest. I have a rare electrical cardiac condition known as CPVT (cardio-catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia). I had more episodes growing up, and I needed CPR to keep me alive until I could receive defibrillation.
"I was 19 when I received my first ICD in 2007. We were still living in Australia, just before we moved to Hawaii. I am alive today because of my ICD. It also helps me to live life to the fullest, and to share my story with children and young adults to see a positive vision of hope no matter what their circumstances of life.
"My passion for art has led me to be an advocate for youth and for people with disabilities, to give them every opportunity to discover their gift and strength. I love to lead art classes with Mana'olana Hope, doing the "Created to be Creative" curriculum that was, in part, inspired by my life story.
"By passing on the skills I have learned, I feel I can positively inspire “heart-brain” connections in these kids, including the development of creativity. Art gives us a lifelong developmental skill, a combination of creative and solution-based thinking that is vital in today’s world."
"Creativity is a healing force."
"We are all able to paint, and to see how the creativity everyone has is unique and can bring joy, and peace and healing confidence to the heart, soul and mind. I live each day to give joy to others through my ‘happy flowers' paintings and art class. My extra life means that I can help others to find their gift."
Mana'olana Hope Inc. identifies people with unique needs (traditionally known as a disability), and aims to provide a positive vision of fulfilling a meaningful life with purpose, encouraging people to believe all things are possible.