Friday, July 20, 2007

Check out the entry about the Neuro-Art Project that is posted in the following blog by Elizabeth Monroz (label Eileen and Scott, July 5th entry.)
I have copied some of it below for you:

Making Art from the Sarcoma Experience…
My dear husband, Scott, has been battling skull base Chondrosarcoma for 5 years now. It has been a difficult struggle for him, for me as his wife, and for our three children. I felt compelled to build something positive out of this situation, so I did what I do best – I made art.
As a way to honor select US Neurosurgeons, I have started a series of large, bright collage paintings called Beauty and the Brain. I select top-notch US neurosurgeons from nominations made by patients, caregivers, staff and other sources, and I give the paintings to these neurosurgeons as a gift of appreciation for their skill, compassion, and caring demeanor. The first in the series went to Dr Cully Cobb in Sacramento, CA – my husband’s neurosurgeon. The second was awarded to Dr Ossama Al-Mefty of the University of Arkansas Medical Center. He is known internationally for his pioneering surgical approach to previously “inoperable” tumors. The third painting in the Series went to Dr Chandranath Sen of St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. It is a great blessing for me to be able to use my creative talent in this way. The doctors are quite surprised when they receive my letter telling them about the project, and that they will be receiving one of my paintings as a gift. I have not met any of them, except, of course for my husband’s doctor. One neurosurgeon wrote me a heartfelt thank you note, but really the thank you goes to the doctors, and the paintings are really from their patients, not from me. You see it is their patients who are appreciative of the doctors’ skill, expertise and care.
Second Surgery 2003