Art program gives patients opportunity to focus on something other than cancer

Published: Monday, Feb. 25 2013 4:22 p.m. MST

"It's been kind of like, I'm taking a hold of it, you know, and not just letting it lie there and do whatever it does,” Riaz said. “It's like I'm saying 'here, this is what I have and this is what it looked like at one point.'"

“You can’t let it define you,” Maack said. “It’s scary enough when you get cancer. It already had my respect, but that’s all I was going to give it.”

More than 80 HCI patients, family members and hospital staff have participated in the program since it began July 31, 2012. Those currenlty involved in the program had an opportunity to see the works of other people in the program during a special private exhibit Tuesday.

The artist and supplies are sponsored by a grant from the LiveStrong Foundation.

Contributing: Viviane Vo-Duc

E-mail: cmikita@desnews.com

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