Mission and vision

Our Mission

We build hope, strength and joy for those impacted by cancer through creative experience and a place of reflection and renewal in the Art of Life Healing Garden.

Our Vision

Provide creative programs and a network of support for those impacted by cancer.

Who We Are

The Art of Life is passionate about GIVING HOPE to those impacted by cancer. We will empower cancer survivors and their families to creatively share their story.

What We Do

The Art of Life Cancer Foundation is making a profound impact upon the Central Valley by giving hope to those impacted by cancer.  Recognizing that the lifetime probability of developing cancer is 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women, the effects of cancer can be seen and felt within the workplace, school, family tree, and even within one’s own home. Although we have incredible cancer care in the Valley, the Art of Life is dedicated to filling the void of offering individual and personal support that allows people to process their emotions, find camaraderie and know that they are not alone.

Cancer demands more than just physical treatment, as the emotional and social impacts upon one’s life are significant. While each person’s journey is unique, the use of creative expression evokes a sense of respite, discovery, inspiration, and purpose, so that while circumstances may or may not change, one’s attitude and outlook on life can. The Art of Life’s use of creative expression ranges from painting to mosaic and glass art, music, gardening, fitness, dance, and more. Together we will celebrate life and embrace each moment we are given.

Our Board of Directors

Heidi Fiorentino – Board President
Taylor Whelan – Board Treasurer
Janice Cady – Board Secretary
Patrice Coulter
Joan Minasian
Kristine Ballecer
Debbie Kleinknight
Denice Welch
Chris Hansen
Guy Lamb

Meet Our Staff

Liz Ray

Executive Director

Alisha Evergreen

Operations Manager

Community Support

Enrico and Kelly Dicicco

William T. Foley Foundation

Donna Holstein

Dr. Ramon Neufeld

Steve & Patrice Loretta

Joe Doherty

Sence Foundation

Larry & Patti Johanson

Bucky & Margi Harris Family Foundation

Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center

Dan & Susan Ewell

Maria Cavallaro

Ralene Stevens

Michael Budd

Kathleen Behr & Bob Hrynezuk

Larry Colucci

Dyer Family Foundation

Michael & Anna Tolladay

Louis & JoAnn Herwaldt

Yrma Rico

Laura Mahoney College Planning & Tutorial Center

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