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Glendale Adventist Medical Center Opens Garden of Hope for Cancer Patients
GLENDALE, CA - October 27, 2011 - Cancer Services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center will have a tranquil place for patients to enjoy beginning November 2, when they unveil the "Garden of Hope. The garden is located at 381 Merrill Ave (Suite A side), Glendale. " The idea for the garden came from Melina Thorpe, cancer survivor, and became a reality with help from several others. "The garden is a place where patients can pass time while waiting for their rides and others can sit, relax and reflect in the Zen-type garden, " said Thorpe, who is also the Director of Cancer Services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Kristine Seuylemezian, a junior at La Canada High School was looking for a Girl Scouts Gold Award project that would benefit cancer patients. Her grandmother is a cancer survivor. She and others quickly lent their efforts to make the garden a reality.
Kelly Mack, garden and home designer who owns KellyMack Home came on board donating her drawings and the knowledge of which plants would be suitable for the space. Local landscaper, Armando Garcia, brought his crew and they also donated their time to clean the area, re-shape the flowering pear tree, install a new sprinkler system, install the stone, decomposed granite and assist with the new plants.
"Bringing a peaceful oasis to our patients has been a collaborative effort, with several people lending a hand," said Thorpe. "We appreciate their time and expertise."
In addition to those who actually helped build the garden, other individuals provided funds in exchange for trees and benches they could name to honor a loved one.
Girl Scout Seuylemezian also held fundraisers at Roundtable Pizza, had a bake sale, and recycled to generate more income for the project.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center Cancer Services is accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Survivorship programs are available to help patients and families cope with psychological, social, spiritual and physical distresses of cancer. For more information, call (818) 409-8198.
The "Garden of Hope" at Glendale Adventist Medical Center will open on Wednesday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. with plaques on three benches and three trees. Patients, garden volunteers as well as Hospital and City officials will be on hand to open the garden. The garden is located at 381 Merrill Ave. (Suite A side), Glendale, CA.