Palm Harbor Quilter’s Crossing Guild Guilt Benefits Moffitt’s Arts
The Palm Harbor Quilter’s Crossing Guild met on April 1st. This guild raised $2,525 at their biannual quilt show in February to benefit the Arts In Medicine program at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Debbie Leslie, co-chair of this charitable project, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2008. While in Moffitt for treatment, she spent endless days in her hospital bed making the “rose” shown on the quilt. The quilt’s theme is “Garden of Hope”, which consists of paper-pieced birthday flowers for each month of the year, as well as a beautiful butterfly, hummingbird, and dragonfly. Debbie found inspiration in nature and wished that this quilt, and the money it raised, would serve as hope to others who are afflicted daily with cancer. The Arts in Medicine program at Moffitt provided Debbie with comfort and inspiration while battling her disease, and she hoped to continue that outreach to other patients with funds raised from this quilt. Moffitt Cancer Center is a place of hope, where courage is displayed each and every day. This quilt was completed in November and was dedicated to Debbie’s memory. She passed away in December 2008. Debbie was a resident of both South Tampa and Clearwater.
The Arts In Medicine Program at Moffitt Cancer Center is designed to promote the vital role of the creative arts in influencing well-being and healing for cancer patients, family members, caregivers and hospital staff. Visual and musician artists-in-residence offer a broad spectrum of individual and group expressive arts opportunities at patients' bedsides and in clinic waiting areas. These include painting, drawing, poetry reading and writing, journaling, music sessions, expressive movement, dance, fabric art and many others. Periodic workshops and performance series are scheduled within the Center. Additional information about the Arts in Medicine Program is available by contacting the Psychosocial & Palliative Care Program Office at 813-745-8407.
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