About The XA Project

The XA Project Kick-Off Concert at CNMC – January 2015

Inspired by Xavier’s extraordinary life and spirit, the Xavier Alexander Atienza Project, Inc. (dba, The XA Project) provides opportunities for children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families to experience the wonder, beauty and joy of dance, theatre, musical and other artistic performances.

Comments from patient families:

  • “It was perfect for [our child] who loved all of those movies…We never expected to go to the orchestra here at NIH. Thank you! (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Pixar in Concert, January 2016, Strathmore)

  • “Thank you for a magical evening – the performers were amazing and it’s clear their hard work is paying off. [My daughter] and I felt like we walked on air back to the room.” (Olney Ballet Theatre: Mini-Nutcracker performance, December 2016, Children’s Inn at NIH)

  • “I was so weary and overwhelmed, and your trip to see In the Heights was exactly what I needed to escape our burdens and remind myself to find joy in the moment with my child. Thank you for tonight!” (Broadway Center Stage: In the Heights, March 2018, Kennedy Center)

The XA Project also provides opportunities for talented children who may not have the financial resources available to them to train in the performing and martial arts, with the encouragement for them to later share their talents with kids and families facing difficult medical challenges.

Specifically, funds donated to The XA Project will go to the following:

  1. Theatre tickets (and other costs) for pediatric patients and their families to attend concert performances at various community theatre venues (e.g., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC).

  2. Contributions to community arts organization and/or medical institutions who provide opportunities for professional artists to perform at healthcare facilities that serve pediatric patients (e.g., Children’s National Medical Center, NIH Children’s Inn).

  3. Contributions to performing arts and martial arts organizations for scholarships to train promising young artists who exemplify Xavier’s spirit. Preference will go to organizations that establish relationships with pediatric healthcare institutions and offer demonstrations and/or performances for the patients.

The XA Project will focus initially on arts organizations and healthcare institutions serving children in the Washington, DC and Maryland area.


The XA Project was created and incorporated as a tax-exempt non-stock organization in Maryland in July 2014, and received 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designation from the IRS in September 2014 (Tax ID Number: EIN: 47-1512009). Donations/contributions to The XA Project are tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 170. Bequests, devices, transfers or gifts are tax-deductible under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.


Video courtesy of Daniel McNeill; Music by Jamey Scott