Every third Wednesday of the month, Campbell County Health’s
Heptner Cancer Center pays for cancer patients who are currently in, or recently completed,
treatment to attend an art night at the
AVA Community Art Center. On those nights, participants paint canvases, ornaments or even ceramic
plates to help them boost their spirits, according to Leigh Worsley, MS,
RTT, CMD, Heptner Cancer Center Director and Radiation Physicist.
“We felt like it was a great opportunity to give our patients a night
out to enjoy some paint therapy and support each other,” says Leigh.
Participants at the first evening of art had a blast painting a dandelion
seed puff ball on canvas. AVA provided light refreshments, and participants
were also encouraged to bring a favorite beverage of choice.
Overall, the program is part of the
Wyoming Cancer Resource Services Program, funded by the
Wyoming Department of Health and
Integrated Cancer Services Program. This program also allows residents from Campbell, Crook, Johnson and
Sheridan counties have access to the Cancer Resource Center in the Heptner
Cancer Center in Gillette, which is staffed by Kim Nelson. Kim visits
patients one-on-one at the Center to help them learn about their specific
cancer and how to navigate choices and treatments, and gain access to
cancer screenings, wigs, books, education materials, gas cards for travel
to out-of-town cancer treatments, and much more. Call Kim directly at
888.684.4550 for more information and to set up a time to meet at the
Cancer Resource Center.
To learn more about the Cancer Resource Center, or the Heptner Cancer Center
in Gillette, Wyoming, visit