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MUNSTER | The Cancer Resource Centre is a place where people come to be inspired and empowered.
So it only seemed natural to hold a garden walk where visitors will enjoy the beauty and inspiration of nature while learning more about the services the center provides.
The Cancer Resource Centre will host an "Inspirations from the Garden" benefit from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 926 Ridge Road in Munster.
Event organizers say the garden walk is a great opportunity to walk through a healing water garden while learning about a variety of other healthful practices.
"Visitors can come to be inspired by the people they will meet and by the experiences from the beautiful garden, artwork and landscaping ideas, as well as hear tips on cooking, floral arranging and relaxation," said Mylinda Cane, Cancer Resource Centre advisory board member and a member of the Friends group that organized the benefit.
The event also is an opportunity to learn more about how the Cancer Resource Centre services are helping patients and their loved ones cope with a cancer diagnosis.
The healing garden, in particular, is part of the therapeutic environment at the center, "offering patients a tranquil retreat to help manage their stress and tap into the restorative power of nature," Cane said.
One of the artists featured at the event taps into nature through her artwork - fine art garden photography by Schererville resident Joanne Markiewicz.
Visitors also will view the nature-inspired paintings of David Renfro that are featured throughout the healing garden. Renfro, a Griffith resident, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and had to relearn to draw and paint with his left hand.
Artist Shari Smith LeMonnier of Munster will use the healing garden as her inspiration for a painting she'll create at the event.
Designed around a series of small ponds and waterfalls with connecting streams, the healing garden visitors will tour is an ever-changing landscape of perennials, large oak trees and medicinal plants.
"A patio at the top of the garden serves as a place for patients to participate in yoga, chi gong, art therapy and other mind-body programs," Cane said.
Visitors will receive a list of plants in the garden, along with the plant combinations featured in planters donated by local landscapers. Some of those planters will serve as door prizes, Cane said.
Tickets purchased in advance are $10 and are available at the Cancer Resource Centre, the box office at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, or in the gift shops of Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
Tickets purchased at the event are $12. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Resource Centre.
For more information, call (219) 836-3349.