Cancer patients and survivors give each other essential support, through painting

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OLATHE, Kan. — Cancer patients, survivors and their families spent Monday morning chatting and painting, sharing their experiences and creating new art for Olathe Medical Center’s new cancer center that will soon open.

Paintfest America chose Olathe Medical Center to be part of the annual event, in which one hospital from each state is chosen to bring together people through painting.

Mike Jensen, VP of Marketing, External Affairs
Mike Jensen, VP of Marketing, External Affairs

“When patients are going through a disease like cancer it’s always helpful to have support groups, people that are going through the same thing,” said Mike Jensen/Hospital spokesperson VP of Marketing, External Affairs. “This gives them a chance to meet people they might not have met otherwise.”

Paintfest America is a non-profit organization that uses art to bring comfort.

“The timing is perfect because we’ll be opening a new cancer center very soon and we’ll be able to display this artwork in that new building,” said Jensen.The Olathe Medical Center 25,000+ square foot cancer center is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017, with areas for medical oncology, radiation therapy, chemotherapy infusion suite, appearance center and boutique, and relaxation courtyard.

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Cancer fighters at Paintfest

Time together at Paintfest

Canvas in hand at Paintfest

Smiles at Paintfest

Paintings will go in the new cancer center

Bright and cheerful paintings

Painting at Paintfest 7/25

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