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Fusions

Artist Maria Lanas accompanied her father-in-law to the Kimmel Cancer Center when he received a new experimental drug for his advanced melanoma cancer. “The infusions took several hours, and as I watched the drops slowly go down the tube into his body, I began to imagine the fight that was taking place in his body as the drug mixed with his blood,” says Lanas. She calls the artwork infusions. “It represents the life and hope these new drugs offer to cancer patients, so I used the brightest colors on my paint palette,” says Lanas. She gave the paintings as gifts to the doctors and nurses who cared for her father-in-law, and one was auctioned to raise money for cancer research at the Kimmel Cancer Center.

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