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Tribute to cancer survivors at Woodward Park continues to grow

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Walking through the north end of the park, you can find more than 80 stories of hope and survival on display at the Art of Life Healing Garden. (KFSN)

A growing tribute to cancer survivors has transformed a section of Woodward Park.

Walking through the north end of the park, you can find stories of survival on display. Vibrant colors, bold brush strokes and empowering words take you on a journey that's 80 stories and counting.

It's all a part of the Art of Life Cancer Foundation Vision.

"Fresno needs a place to heal, to celebrate life and to inspire hope," director Jenelle Higton said.

Higton started the Healing Garden two years ago, the ever-growing project has transformed three acres of Woodward Park into a sanctuary thanks to community support.

The latest installations showcase the pieces created at the nonprofits Healing Arts Weekend. Survivors shared their story through creative expression.

"Our survivors are able to see their works of art be a permanent piece of this garden," she said. "It allows their story to be told, and to see the purpose in what they went through and to know how someone else may be touched by the work they created."

The more than 80 pieces were put together to create the park's newest addition and were done so by local girl scout Lizzie Brust.

"Something close to my heart," she said. "Both of my grandmothers are cancer survivors, and when I saw this opportunity, it seemed like the perfect fit."

Lizzie teamed up with the Art of Life Cancer Foundation as part of her Gold Award Project. The award is the highest achievement a girl scout can earn.

Over the course of seven to 12 months, the project should prove sustainable and address an issue within the community and understanding how many people are impacted by cancer. The girl scout of more than six years plans to stick with her efforts.

"I want people to see the power of expressing your emotions through art," she said.

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