Kelly Walsh art students share their works with cancer patients

By Jillian Riddle Mar 2, 2016

The Angels Room at Rocky Mountain Oncology serves as a quiet escape for chemotherapy patients who may feel anxious or overwhelmed during treatment. 

Artwork by Kelly Walsh High School art students is displayed in the Angels room at Rocky Mountain Oncology.

Recently, thanks to the efforts of a cancer survivor and several Kelly Walsh High School art students, the retreat got a welcomed face lift.

Betty Mason, a volunteer with the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation’s Angels Cancer Care Program, used the Angels Room during her own fight with cancer. She noticed that the furniture was dirty, worn out, and didn’t function well in the space.  She raised money to buy hospital-grade furniture that will allow staff to more easily treat patients when they need a break from the Infusion Room.

With new furniture in place and after a good cleaning, we knew we needed something spectacular for the walls.  We reached out to Isaac Kalinowski, a fine arts teacher at Kelly Walsh High School. Several of his students agreed to share their artwork with cancer patients in treatment by displaying it in the Angels Room.

Now, we want to show off all this hard work and generosity. The Angels Cancer Care Program and Rocky Mountain Oncology are hosting an artists’ reception on Thursday to honor the first batch of young Kelly Walsh artists and their beautiful works. Featured artists include freshmen Kait Schubert, Noel Vigneri and Grace Ritchie; sophmores  Savannah Allsop, Maddi Rust, Jena Spaulding, Abi Schoup, Bri Schiller and Jeremy Day; and juniors Vincent VanVugt, Nate Robinson, Megan Gardiner and Sam Mabey.

New artworks from more students will be rotated into the Angels Room to keep the atmosphere fresh and inviting.

The reception is open to everyone. Please join us in honoring the efforts of these young artists.

Jillian Riddle

Jillian Riddle is the the Angels Cancer Care coordinator with the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation. She is a native of North Carolina with a love for the outdoors. The Angels Cancer Care Program supports Wyoming cancer patients with non-medical needs such as wigs, gas and groceries. The Angels are volunteers, many cancer survivors themselves, who drive patients to appointments, act as mentors, make and deliver meals, and give of themselves to make sure no patient is left to fight alone. Call 577-4355 for more information.

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