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Macon Cancer Patients Create Pictures of Hope

The Medical Center of Central Georgia  doesn't just use traditional medicines to  treat their cancer patients.

An artist visits the infusion lab twice a week, to help patients create pictures of hope during their chemotherapy.

Director Sandra Stone says, "When you're going through chemo, to have a distraction such as art, it's just a wonderful thing, and they're in the moment and not only are they in the moment, but they're making memories too."

It's part of the Artist-in-Residence program funded by a $10,000 grant from the Livestrong Foundation.

Patients paint everything from canvases to ornaments, but one of them, Amanda Stephens from Cordele says it's more about creating a distraction from the disease.

She says, "The first time I came I didn't want to paint. You put yourself in a pity party and you don't want to do it, and then once you start, it's contagious."

It all started at the Medical Center's Cancer Well-Fit class, which is a program for people who finished their battle with cancer, and spread to the infusion lab in the fall.

Stone now hopes they can grow the program even further and bring it to The Children's Hospital.


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