Art for Recovery: Breast Cancer Quilts

Art for Recovery, a nonprofit organization located at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, helps individuals with life-threatening illness cope with their feelings through the power of art. From writing workshops and art classes to author visits by their bedsides, Art for Recovery believes that creativity should be shared within the community in order to heal each others spirits and teach compassion.

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Art for Recovery was founded in 1988 by Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, and has been directed by CYnthia D. Perlis since it’s beginnings. The program is designed to bring artists, poets, writers, musicians, and medical students to patients at UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center so they can share and encourage one another through artistic projects.

One of the program’s largest on-going art projects is their quilt workshops. All throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Art for Recovery holds workshops in various hospitals and event venues in Marin City, the Canal District of San Rafael, the Bay View Hunter’s Point, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley districts of San Francisco, and at the San Francisco County Jail.

Through expertise and encouragement, Art for Recovery helps patients dealing with life-threatening illnesses heal themselves creating unique quilt blocks. The blocks are then sewn together by professional quilters, some who have struggled with cancer themselves, resulting in a beautiful, creative design that collaborates the efforts of each individual into one cohesive item.

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Though the quilts remain with Art for Recovery, they are often displayed throughout the communities they were made in and even travel throughout the U.S., giving inspiration and hope to all those who battle cancer. In addition, the quilts are on display each year at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in San Francisco.

For more information on Art for Recovery, and to find out how to get involved with the various quilt workshops, please visit their website here.

 

Why Giving is Good (For You)

American cultural anthropologist known for her political passion and female perseverance, Margaret Mead, once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” People who recognize the power of action and taking a stance are the ones that actually do change the world. And that’s why it’s important to recognize the power of volunteering for charity. Plus, not only do you help those in need through volunteer work, but it is scientifically proven to have benefits toward your health and outlook on the world. Here are just a few of the many reasons why giving back is good for you generated from Babble.com’s article:

First, volunteering alleviates depression and increases life satisfaction. People who volunteer throughout their lives, even if it’s from random acts of kindness and not through a large Susie Almaneihorganization, are proven to have a more positive overall well-being than those who do not. According to Babble.com, “Kindness is good for your heart, both figuratively and literally. Older adults who volunteer have lower blood pressure than those who do not volunteer,” (Babble, 6 Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for You). Because cardiovascular disease is currently the number one cause of death, it is important you take care of your heart health from a young age. And what better way to do that than helping those in need in your local community and around the world. In addition, “Research shows that teens who volunteer even just one hour per week can have lower levels of inflammation, lower cholesterol, and lower BMIs than those who do not volunteer,” (Babble, 6 Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for You).

Next, you will be a great role model for children and influence them to be kind to others and make good choices. Children who see adults volunteering and being kind are inspired to do the same, and in doing so feel more accepted by their peers. Especially because bullying is a large problem in school districts, “Being kind to others can have a cyclical effect in that those who are kSusie Almaneihind are less likely to be bullies, and those who are kind (and therefore more accepted) are le
ss likely to be bullied,” (Babble, 6 Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for You). In essence, children who have positive mentors in their lives will want to act the same way, and in doing so generosity becomes contagious and indirectly correlates to having less bullies in schools.

Lastly, when you make a difference is somebody else’s life, especially if it is a direct donation or through an acquaintance, you feel good. Whether you have a friend who’s mother is battling cancer, or you once struggled to pay rent – making a donation or volunteering for causes that directly affect you, or that you are passionate towards, is even more rewarding than just anonymously donating to a cause you have no affiliation with.

So make a difference in the world – give back (it’s good for you).