FOUR PEARLS OF BECKSTRAND CANCER FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW ADOLESCENT ART THERAPY PROGRAM FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Released on: May 31, 2008, 5:10 pm
Press Release Author: Echo Media Group
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: The Four Pearls of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, which aims to improve and enhance the quality of life of children, teens and families struggling with cancer, today announced the launch of its new Art Therapy Support Group.
Press Release Body: NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (May 31, 2008) -The Four Pearls of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, which aims to improve and enhance the quality of life of children, teens and families struggling with cancer, today announced the launch of its new Art Therapy Support Group. The new program will teach adolescents with cancer how to better cope with their diagnosis and prognosis, and aid in their recovery. "We are thrilled to launch this new art therapy program through our auxiliary 'Four Pearls,'" said Lil Spitzer, executive director of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. "New research has shown programs with art therapy components have positively impacted the quality of life of cancer patients, which is directly in line with the Foundation's goal of improving the lives of cancer patients." The Art Therapy Support Group will be open to adolescents with any type of cancer and will use art and psychoanalysis as tools for learning coping skills. Classes will be approximately two hours each, running for a duration of eight weeks. Members of the group will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork at exhibits provided by the Foundation, as well as in The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2008 gala program. Dr. Esther Dreifuss-Kattan will oversee the program, due to her widespread experience with cancer patients and patients with other chronic, potentially life-threatening illnesses. She holds a Ph.D. in both Art Therapy and Psychoanalysis, and is a licensed Research Psychoanalyst with the Medical Board of California. The overall mission of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is to improve and enhance the quality of life of cancer patients and their families. Through the generous contributions of its supporters at The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2007, the Foundation was enabled to develop a pediatric oncology program, which includes the Art Therapy Support Group. For more information about Four Pearls of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation or learn how to get involved, please visit www.Beckstrand.org. About Beckstrand Cancer Foundation Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 by Dr. Grant Beckstrand and a group of doctors specializing in the treatment and care of cancer patients. For more than 30 years, the Foundation's goal has been to "improve and enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families." This mission is achieved through an Individual Patient Assistance program, in which the Foundation is unique in providing financial assistance, patient advocacy, supportive counseling and practical help to patients in the midst of their cancer treatment and struggling to cope with critical survival needs. While research is imperative to finding a cure, approximately 1.4 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2008, and little support is available to assist these victims with day-to-day living and basic needs. This is where Beckstrand Cancer Foundation serves as the missing link. For more information about Beckstrand Cancer Foundation or to learn more about the 2008 Diamond & Pearl Ball, visit www.Beckstrand.org.
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