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The Foundation for Hospital Art (FFHA) is a unique, captivating organization, yet many do not know about the foundation’s geographic footprint and the uplifting impact it has made in the lives of so many cancer patients across the world. Over the last 30+ years and with the help of more than 1 million volunteers and patients, the Foundation for Hospital Art has created more than 44,000 paintings for more than 4,000 hospitals in 195 countries. It is the foundation’s mission to extend compassion through art. Founder John Feight conceptualized the idea of conducting PaintFest in 1975 when he volunteered to paint a mural at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. The idea developed over the many years Feight spent painting in hospitals and seeing the comfort art provided to patients, medical staff, and visitors. The end result: the 1984 establishment of the Foundation for Hospital Art.

This article was originally published in the September/October 2017 issue of ACCC’s Oncology Issues.
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