Mercy awarded Livestrong creative grant

Mercy patients create artwork like these shown through the Creative Journeys program.

Mercy patients create artwork like these shown through the Creative Journeys program.

Mercy Cancer Center was recently selected to receive a grant as a part of the 2013 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project. The $15,000 grant will help fund “Creative Journeys,” a program offering people living with cancer the opportunity to connect with others through the arts which can reduce anxiety, allay fears and combat boredom.

 

Online voting was held March 12-28 to determine grant winners in seven regions across the country. Thanks to the overwhelming support of patients, staff and supporters, Mercy and Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls, S.S., received the most votes in their region and were both awarded grants. Other recipients across the country include hospitals in New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Georgia.

The “Creative Journeys” program is driven by the motto, “medicine may cure the body, but art heals the spirit.” Participants take on their own art projects – including painting, jewelry-making, drawing, journaling and multimedia projects. To learn more about the program, contact Becky McIntosh at RMcIntosh@mercydesmoines.org.

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