Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
WISH LIST: $100: artist-in-residence at a local hospital for a half-day; $500: 2 facilitators for a day-long Living Well with Cancer retreat; $1500: partial scholarship for a 1-week residential cancer retreat
Smith Center works with the human experience of cancer that conventional medicine often doesn't address. Caregiver and patient support groups, workshops on stress reduction, and classes in poetry, art, and journal writing offer the opportunity for self-expression; day- and week-long retreats, many offered in the beautiful countryside, let patients and caregivers explore a range of resources for healing (scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the already reduced costs). Local artists also work with patients and caregivers at the Washington Cancer Institute, and the Wounded Warrior program at National Naval Medical Center engages with soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Smith Center created the first National Navigation Training in Integrative Cancer Care and offers far-reaching Integrative Patient Navigation services (helping patients overcome barriers to care), both through the Center and through churches in Southeast and Northeast DC to reach African-American and African immigrant communities. Last year, Smith Center reached over 10,000 individuals affected by cancer. A two-time Susan G. Komen Foundation award winner, Smith Center deserves your generous support.