Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The materials comprising the two stained glass quilt block windows designed and created by Kathleen Phillips-Hellman in memory of her husband, Bob Hellman, who died of prostate cancer in 2008 represent the fragility, endurance, and strength of cancer patients, their families, those who love and care for them...and those who support Casa Esperanza.
Glass is beautiful, yet fragile. It may be transparent, translucent, or opaque. It can be carved, melted, cut, and faceted. Once broken, it may be mended, but it will never be quite the same.
So it is with lives touched by cancer.
Wood and metal are perceived as strong and solid; but are malleable and can be transformed. They can be the core of an architectural masterpiece or a graceful piece of art.
Cancer transforms lives. Dealing with cancer requires strength in all those involved; and dealing with cancer gracefully is a measure of that strength.
Ideally, life is one beautiful, clean piece of fabric, adorned or embellished as we choose.
Cancer brings the realization that each life is bits and pieces: Family, Love, Friends, Sorrow, Hope, Hurts, Dreams...stitched together by time and experiences into a unique, beautiful quilt.
The loving Casa family...staff, volunteers, donors, patients, cancervivors, friends, and caregivers…the God-given talents of all the medical professionals…and the underlying strength which keeps us all going are represented by the quilt blocks.
May God bless and protect each and every person and organization represented.