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Cancer support group uses art for healing 

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. (March 19, 2013) – “Art heals” is a phrase Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is putting into action with its art-themed cancer support group, In Living Color.

The group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for four Thursdays in a row, starting April 11. Seating is limited, so those wishing to participate should make reservations as soon as possible by calling 602-865-5450.

“Creative expression can often help people cope with cancer treatment and recovery,” said Kelly Clark-Gruber, oncology social worker at Banner Thunderbird. “Our program provides a safe, relaxing environment for participants to explore ways to express their experience with cancer through the creative process.”

This free series is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer.

“By using a variety of art materials and techniques, healing imagery emerges and participants are empowered to express emotions, pain or loss, hopes and fears related to their diagnosis that are often difficult to communicate in words,” Clark-Gruber said. “We invite you to join us for a restorative experience where you will find comfort, compassion, joy and hope.”

No prior art experience is necessary and participants are welcome regardless of stage of treatment or recovery. Call 602-865-5450 for more information.

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz., specializes in heart care, surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, Emergency care, behavioral health, cancer care and pediatrics including the West Valley’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric Emergency department and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals in seven states. For more information, please visit www.BannerHealth.com/Thunderbird.

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