MCH Host New Art Program for Cancer Survivors 11/01/13
CBS 7 News
November 1, 2013
ODESSA, TX-Earlier today Medical Center Hospital held their new "Cancer Survivorship Through Art" program.
The new program will serve as both an art class and support group for all cancer survivors with no experience needed.
Lorita Kelley, Nurse Navigator of Lung and Breast Cancer with the hospital, said currently there's 13.7 million cancer survivors throughout the United States, and this is just one great way for them to come to some sort of healing of all their experience.
"We wanted to do something to support the mind, the body, and the experience of healing for survivors after their treatment is completed or perhaps even during their treatment," said Kelley.
Tina Crewes, a survivor of both lung and breast cancer, said a lot of time cancer survivors are afraid of it coming back, and being able to express their emotions and thoughts through something creative makes the biggest difference.
"It's such a help for the public to support us, and we don't have a lot of programs really, and it would be nice for people to do programs like that for us," said Crewes.
Kelley said they want to keep this program running for years to come, but need the community’s support by either volunteering their time with the classes, or by giving a donation to help with the purchases of art supplies.
The class meets twice a month at the Wheatley Stewart Conference room at 540 West 5th Street in the black building across from the MCH Emergency Room.
Kelley said space is limited and no child-care is available. Classes meet the first and third Friday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30pm. For more information contact Kelley at (432) 640-1578.