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Art for the heart

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER

Truman Fox (pictured) is no stranger to beads, bobbles, pipe cleaners, paints or paper. The volunteer art therapist at Memorial Hospital has worked in the creative arts for more than 50 years. Six years ago, he began donating his expertise twice a week in Memorial's rehab, oncology and women's pavilion areas. Fox also lends his artist's hands in the baby-cuddling unit.

Prior to his hospital service, Fox had retired from his career as an art teacher. But he soon encountered the common "Now what do I do with my time?" dilemma. Rather than let a lifetime of constructive knowledge lay idle, Fox decided to share his skills with people who could profoundly benefit from art's therapeutic aspects.

"I get a lot of satisfaction out of getting people to smile, laugh and talk with me," he says. "The art projects relax the patients and put them in a positive frame of mind. I'm just here to have fun."

In addition to Fox's artwork, Memorial offers other complimentary integrative medicine therapies, such as Healing Touch, pet therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Reiki. Anyone interested in volunteering with these or other programs can call Memorial's volunteer services line at 365-5298.


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