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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cancer Lifeline needs volunteers on May 18th


Cancer Lifeline’s mission is to optimize the quality of life for all people living with cancer

Volunteer at Cancer Lifeline
Date: Friday, May 18 2012
Time: 10am-4pm
Number of volunteers needed: 4-10
Contact: Amanda Boyle, Development Manager at Cancer Lifeline
            206-832-1273 or

Description of what we will be doing:
Help to beautify the healing gardens at Cancer Lifeline. We have three gardens on the upper floor that need renovation and care. We have one additional garden on the lower level which also needs attention.

 Here are a few tasks that need to be done for the facility:
  • Weed and tidy garden beds
  • Pressure wash decking and chairs on all decks
  • Sweep decks
  • Paint awning/pergola a new color, scrape any excess paint.
  • In downstairs garden, sand and treat the wooden pergola. Remove current vines.
  • Clean candle lamps in meditation garden
  • Refinish and sand benches
  • Plant new items for summer
  • Replace soil
  • Clean fountains
  • Trim back leaves, branches, and climbing vines as necessary
How it benefits the community and Cancer Lifeline:

Our healing gardens are an important aspect of Cancer Lifeline because it provides participants and building visitors with a lovely outdoor space to call their own. After dealing with heavy thoughts and burdens about a cancer diagnosis, these gardens can provide a new kind of reflection through calming fountains, sunshine and conversation in the outdoors. Cancer Lifeline is a special place of sanctuary and healing; we’d like to preserve its special quality for years to come with garden beautification efforts.   

The gardens were designed and installed by the U of W’s Landscape Architecture students. Planning the Healing Gardens was an amazing experience for students, clients and staff.
The Celebration Garden (first garden – west-at top of back staircase)

Theme: there are often many things—small and big that can be celebrated in the process of healing. This is our “clients’ garden.”

A horticultural therapist planted different herbs as the basis for client and staff involvement in this garden. 

The Reflection Garden (second garden-west)

Theme: Healing can take place through reflection and meditation

The fountain – a wonderful cascade of soothing sound – was built in honor of our Executive Director Emeritus’ husband.  There is a feeling of tranquility with the soft murmur of the bamboo plants, a wonderful quiet space.

 The Earth and Sky Garden  (largest garden-east)

Theme: the connection between healing, and the earth and sky

Our largest garden, fitting for classes outdoors or for a lunchtime meet-up for clients.

 Lower Level Garden  (smallest garden, south side of building lower level)

    A bench and a wooden pergola provide a nice sanctuary to the building.

Cancer Lifeline is very dear to my heart.  

If you are in the Seattle area and have some time to help, please join us! 

Peace to you.

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