I believe that a good attitude is crucial to fighting a life-threatening disease
Buffalo, NY (Vocus) December 29, 2006
A talented group of young cancer patients is using the power of art this holiday season to help other patients of every age and diagnosis, and research leading to future cancer cures.
The patient-artists at America's first cancer center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (headquartered in Buffalo, NY) recently unveiled their 17th annual collection from The Paint Box ProjectTM--a therapeutic art program that also converts the children's drawings into colorful cards and gifts. The gifts including New Year's cards, year-round note cards, gourmet chocolate baskets, tees, sweats, ornaments and fleece wear are now for sale online at http://www.PaintBoxProject.com or through volunteers at 1-800-959-5931.
According to Candace Johnson, PhD, the Robert, Lew and Ann Wallace Chair for Translational Research at Roswell Park, The Paint Box Project raises critically needed funds for cancer research and compassionate patient care programs.
"This initiative has raised more than $6 million since its start and these dollars make an enormous impact on our work," said Johnson. She explained that each and every purchase from The Paint Box Project helps provide start-up funds for innovative new research, as well as flexible funding for programs such as patient education, transportation, lodging and psychological support.
Cancer patient Jennifer Lalley, age 20, who is in remission from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, knows firsthand about the need for such support. Along with the programs funded by the card and gift sale, she credits The Paint Box Project with helping young patients like her during their cancer battles.
"I believe that a good attitude is crucial to fighting a life-threatening disease," said Lalley, who is now a student at Ohio State University. "This program took my mind off of my situation and brought me joy. There are no words to describe my gratitude for the people who have saved my life … The Paint Box project allows us to thank the people who treated us."
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation's first cancer research, treatment and education center and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers. Roswell Park has affiliate sites and collaborative programs in New York, Pennsylvania and in China. For more information, visit RPCI's website at http://www.roswellpark.org or call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724).