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Marine artist Wyland joins OC students for tribute

April 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A special tribute was held Tuesday for a little girl who had a passion for the ocean.

World-renowned marine artist Wyland joined students at St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel to paint a mural in memory of kindergartner Maddie James, who passed away last month of an inoperable brain tumor.

Wyland heard about Maddie and planned to paint a sea turtle with her, but they never had the chance.

Maddie's family is now trying to raise money to help the Ocean Institute in Dana Point build a new seaside learning center.

The family hopes it will one day be named after their brave little girl.