2017 Abbott Northwestern Hospital gathering dates

Mark your calendars.Here are the 2017 dates for the Cranes of Hope gatherings at Abbott Northwestern Hospital:


January 26

February 23

March 23

April 27

May 25

June 22

July 27

August 24

September 28

October 26

November 16 (third week because of Thanksgiving)

December 28 (left this on the fourth Thursday)


Room: Piper building 6th floor classroom. Take the Piper Building elevator to the sixth floor, go right off the elevator and the classroom is at the end of the hallway.
Time: 2:00- 4:30pm each scheduled day.


Let it Snow!

Let it snow! It was a wonderful day for making Crane Cards. I’m not sure what the count was for today. But, I do know that we distributed nearly 1000 of them. Crane cards were dropped off at Minnesota Oncology (Mpls. Clinic), Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospitals: Radiation Oncology, Virginia Piper Cancer Clinic and the Virginia Piper Breast Center. 
Thank you to all participants, who generously give of there time and talent, who donate supplies and materials, and support us. Thank You so much!


Yesterday’s Gathering¬†

Another wonderful turnout. There was eleven people who showed up for the Crane gathering yesterday and we made over 110 cards. We also passed the 10,000 cards milestone. Wow, it just amazes me how we all come together and get so much done. Wonderful work everyone.  Your time, talents and passion are greatly appreciated by me and all who have received. 


Happy New Year!

It’s New Year’s Day, 2015! A day of sleeping-in, reflections, Bowl games, resolutions and new beginnings.

I started the day sitting in front of my light box. Checked my emails, nothing of real interest. Wait, Danny Gregory has a new blog post. He writes, “It is so important to allow our creative expression to go where it will, not to control it and lock it into the compartments and definitions we think suit it today.”

This had me thinking about my breast cancer journey and how art played a very big and important role. You could say my creative expression went a little wild. A bright pink Mohawk. A thousand folded paper origami cranes. Henna tattoos on my bald head, A slide show set to the song “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer. Thirty-three plus paintings by my sister, using my head as the canvas. And the development of Cranes of Hope. It was what I needed to do to express myself at the time. To heal, to learn, to give back and to grow.

Make 2015 a year of creative expression. Dance, write, sing, paint, draw, play and have some fun while you’re at it. Let it go wherever it takes you.

Wishing you a wonderful creative year!


Thoughts about getting messy

This process had me thinking about when I was a kid. Getting messy was fun and I would jump right in and create. But as an adult I’m a lot more hesitant to get down and dirty. What happened to that curiosity and enthusiasm to try new things and not worry about how it turns out? Why are we so critical and hard on ourselves? My cancer journey has been very eye opening, educational, and life changing for me. It has not been easy and I don’t think it really ever ends. I have a quote on my iPad that reminds me of how I want to live my life, “The time is now. Be fearless. Find your voice. Take chances. Make a difference.” Before cancer somewhere down the road I lost myself, I lost my voice, I stuffed my emotions and feelings, I abandoned me. Art has allowed me to try new things, it has brought me to a community of others who I truly cherish their friendships and support. It feels so good to be touching and encouraging others. To give back, to be a blessing.