During the last few years of her life, Christina’s illness made it difficult for her to leave the house, isolating her from her friends and much of her family. She couldn’t enjoy her favourite foods, nor was she able to exercise much, which as a triathlete, was devastating for her. She was, however, able to immerse herself in her art, and she took much solace in that. She developed a series of children's books to illustrate and teach about the animal kingdom using colour, design and artistic expression. Christina's scientific mind was always fascinated by viruses and diseases, and this pandemic would undoubtedly have fuelled her artistic creativity in amazing ways.
We know that Christina would have hoped that all children could find strength and comfort through a curiosity of the natural world and artistic expression.
On April 22, 2020, Christina would have been celebrating her 40th birthday. We - her family and friends - would like to honour her life with the creation of the Christina Anderson Art and Science Prize, awarded to a grade four ECS girl (the year Christina began her ECS studies) who displays great passion for both science and the arts.