The Art of Giving: Susan Claflin

July 19, 2016

In 2005, Susan Claflin, of Cheshire, was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, she took her daughters, Jesse and Brooke, to an art program at MidState geared towards children whose relatives had been diagnosed with cancer.

The program had a positive impact on Jesse, and as a result, Jesse is giving back to the MidState Art Therapy Program as part of a special Bat Mitzvah project in conjunction with Congregation Kol Ami, where she had the opportunity to contribute to the community in a meaningful way.

In Jesse's Bat Mitzvah speech, given in August 2009, she explains how MidState's program helped her:

"Participating in the program made me feel better at a difficult time. I was 9 or 10 years old, and I kind of understood what was happening with my mom. Mostly, I was scared. Having the program to participate in helped take my mind off everything."

"For my Mitzvah project, I decided to donate art supplies to MidState Medical Center's Art Therapy Program for cancer survivors. The program that I'm donating to helps people after they are ill to cope with their sickness. I relate to the circumstances of these people because of the history of my family. Because of this, it seemed like a perfect idea to donate art supplies to make sure that these types of programs continue to exist."

Thanks to Jesse's heartfelt donation, cancer patients who participate in the Art Therapy Program will be able to continue to express their feelings through a variety of artistic mediums, including beads, jewelry, watercolor paints, colored pencils, and craft paper.

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