Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall for the Arts: A Community Celebration in Pediatric Oncology



A MGHfC patient becomes a super hero at the Fall for the Arts event.


A crowd of children and their families came together for the annual Fall for the Arts event, hosted by the Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center on October 20th in the Yawkey Building. This festive afternoon celebrates the healing arts programs that the patients and their siblings participate in throughout the year in Pediatric Oncology.

Highlights of the day included a performance by the Beezlebubs of Tufts University and song writer and musician Alastair Moock. Attendees were able to “pick” pumpkins in the Healing Garden while also visiting with a scarecrow. Our Space Rocks, a community group that provides creative opportunities for children with cancer and other chronic illnesses, led pumpkin decorating along with other crafts. Children and parents also created personal scrapbooking pages and hope pins with the HOPES Expressive Arts staff. A highlight of the afternoon was when the children created hero capes and then paraded the halls of Yawkey 8 to the cheers of their parents, other family members and MGH Pediatric Oncology staff.

The afternoon, made possible by the support of the Friends of the MGH Cancer Center, concluded with a ceremony to honor the artists who have contributed to the Kaleidoscope program, which displays patient and sibling art work within the clinic, as well as those participating in My Story in Beads, a program in which children create a beaded lanyard of their cancer journey and treatment experience.

“This was a special afternoon for our patients and their families. They came together to celebrate the importance of the arts and the ways in which their children find meaning in using art for their personal expression”, says Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit and coordinator of this event.



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