FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – At the north end of Woodward Park, you’ll find three acres of green, pathways, and art installations.
The quiet place that many visit to exercise or to reflect is known as the healing garden.
Artwork inspired and created by cancer survivors line sidewalks and benches thanks to the Art of Life Cancer Foundation.
Executive Director Liz Ray says that she is a cancer survivor herself, each piece is meant to inspire hope.
She says: “It’s about the art of healing and about dealing with difficult times in your life through art, fitness, pottery, painting, cooking together with family and friends.”
The installations are maintained solely through donations of time or talent and include benches, trees, musical instruments and play areas for children.
Ray says, “It’s a combination of survivor families from surviving medical communities colleges.”
A music installation consisting of drums and a watering station for dogs are planned for 2022.
The nonprofit has partnered with CalViva Health and Women’s Cancer Care to bring the community together for a night of healing and hope.
The free event, appropriately named “Love Lights the Way”, enables participants to honor their loved ones in a light ceremony – everyone will line the cancer ribbon in the healing garden.
“Each of the glow candles will carry a message of hope and love for someone who has died or is still alive but has cancer, or even in some cases bought for special pets,” said Ray.
The “Love Lights the Way” event will take place on December 1st at 6 pm. You can buy your glow candles at the gate or buy them in advance here.
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