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Legacy Emanuel receives four patients from NW Portland fire - 10/19/16

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has received four patients following the explosion at NW 23rd and Glisan. The patients include two Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters, one Portland Police Bureau officer and one other patient. All are currently being treated and evaluated.

We will update as new information becomes available.

Legacy Cancer Institute Celebrates 'Healing Through the Arts' - 09/29/16

First Thursday event kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating life through art with local breast cancer survivors

September 29, 2016 (Portland, Ore.) In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Legacy Cancer Institute will host a First Thursday event on October 6, 2016 entitled "Healing through the Arts, which will celebrate life through art with breast cancer survivors.

WHAT: An art exhibit featuring the work of Dawn Nielson, a local visual artist and breast cancer survivor and a book reading with Natalie Serber, author Community Chest and also a breast cancer survivor.

The two talented women will also share their own experience of healing through visual arts and writing with attendees.

WHERE: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Building 3, Lower Level Lobby

WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 4:00 -- 7:00 p.m.
Reading & Book Signing -- 6:00 p.m.
Conversation with the artists -- 6:30 p.m.

MEDIA AVAILABILITIES: Dawn Nielson and Natalie Serber will be available for interviews throughout the event along with Legacy Cancer Institute art therapist, Margaret Hartsook, who can speak about how art therapy helps patients and their families. Pre-event interviews can also be arranged by contacting Megan Deisler.

About art therapy
One of the Legacy Cancer Healing Center's many offerings includes art therapy, which help cancer patients manage the emotional and psychological effects that can result from a cancer diagnosis. The National Institutes of Health has conducted in-depth research into effects art therapy has on cancer patients and found it significantly reduces anxiety, depression, and pain and improves the quality of life for patients.

About the artists
Dawn Nielson is an encaustic wax artist and breast cancer survivor who exhibits her work in the Pacific Northwest and lives between Stevenson, Wash., and Portland, Ore. As an artist, she gravitates toward work that exemplifies human thought and behavior. She finds this topic has many layers and possesses its own concoction of biological, psychological and social elements that make up who we are.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Dawn was drawn to art-making as a tool to guide her through the unfamiliar process of having cancer, this method provoked a sense of calm and helped to ground her fears and anxieties as well as to release frustrations. "Perspective: one woman's relationship with her imperfect" self is the title of Dawn's October exhibition at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, on view to the public October 1 - 31.

In 2014 Dawn received her BFA in General Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) while attending Marylhurst University in psychology.

Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and the story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and Hunger Mountain. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Rumpus, Salon, and Fourth Genre. Natalie has been the recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, Tobias Wolff Award, and H.E. Francis Award. She has been short listed in Best American Short Stories.

She teaches fiction and the personal essay at Marylhurst University, the Attic Institute and at various conferences including Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Natalie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

About Legacy Cancer Institute
Ranked among the nation's best cancer programs by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Legacy Cancer Institute is a recognized authority on the prevention and treatment of cancer. Its multi-disciplinary team includes some of the region's most recognized breast surgeons and radiation oncologists as well a team of genetics specialists, nurse navigators, therapists and patient support staff to guide and support patients at every stage of treatment. In addition, Legacy Cancer Institute conducts ongoing clinical trials, houses the Comprehensive Cancer Healing Center and is the first and only health system to offer 3-D mammography services to every patient, every time, at multiple locations.