Saturday, October 24, 2009

Art for Life's Sake

Kim Thornborrow, an art therapist with HEAL (Helping Elevate thru Art & Love), transforms hospital rooms into temporary art studios for patients – often children – struggling with illness or disabilities. "I'm not very good with words," Thornborrow says. "But I can paint my feelings. And these children are better able at times to express themselves through their paintings."

Kim Thornborrow, founder of HEAL – Helping Elevate thru (sic) Art & Love – paints with cancer patient Lilyana Barthuly, 5, of Rosendale, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., Friday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2009. Barthuly was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma in April 2008.

Barthuly shares a laugh with Thornborrow during the Oct. 9 painting session.

"The panda's eyes – they're brown like her eyes," says Thornborrow, referring to the eyes of a pediatric patient who painted the paintings she holds for a portrait at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., Friday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2009.
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