Participants in the second workshop of the series, “Beading Cancer,” to be held on March 5th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., will be guided to find strength and companionship through beading.

“Even though cancer survivorship is increasing, the disease of cancer presents day-to-day emotional and physical challenges during and even after treatments,” said Betse Kelly, Coordinator of The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center. “This series, funded by a generous grant from the Dominion Foundation, will allow us to use art to explore feelings, thoughts and impressions which are associated with the disease of cancer.”

“Beading Cancer” will be facilitated by Ginny Flowers, jewelry artist and owner of Cloud Nine Emporium in Nags Head. Flowers first had the idea of using beading as a means of support and expression for cancer patients when she accompanied her brother at chemotherapy treatments.

Workshop participants will be encouraged by Flowers to combine personal mementos such as buttons and old jewelry with new materials to create a piece of beaded art that will express the emotions and particulars of their own cancer journey.

All materials for the workshops are provided free to participants. Lunch is provided. Seating for the workshop is limited so advance registration is necessary by calling 449-7350.

The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is dedicated to helping patients with cancer better understand their diagnosis and treatment and cope with the disease. Created with funds generated by The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, the center offers a variety of services to help people dealing with cancer. The Center is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to The Outer Banks Hospital and is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and by appointment. For more information about these services or to register to attend Art for Healing, please call 252-449-7350.