During the month of October, Loggerhead Marinelife Center joined forces with Jupiter Medical Center to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a fun and unique way. This year, LMC is hosting one piece from “The Pink Chair Project”.
Breast cancer survivor and artist Grace Carpenter painted and decorated an Adirondack chair demonstrating her journey and strength throughout her battle against breast cancer. The chair, which has been displayed at LMC this month, shines with a pink sunset top half and tranquil, yet brave, blue ocean bottom half, including sea turtle hatchlings parading toward the ocean. Grace’s chair is now called the “Survivor’s Chair”.
Before she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Grace says she felt lost for years and very unhappy. While it may sound strange to some, she said, “Cancer saved my life.” Through the grueling battle, Grace knew in her gut that she was going to be okay, and her way of portraying that feeling was to finally start living. She said she owes her life and this feeling to her team at Jupiter Medical Center and also to the beach and nature for inspiring her to keep pushing and start living.
Now, Grace says she goes “to the beach every morning to see the sunrise and chase the sunsets in the evening”. She is able to live every day in the moment, and she doesn’t worry about what the future holds.
On October 26, Grace’s chair will be transferred from Loggerhead Marinelife Center to be displayed at the Maltz Theater starting on October 28.
The Pink Chair Project hopes to raise awareness and create proactive behavior around breast health. Alongside the chair, are cards from Jupiter Medical Center that address what its team can provide in regards to breast cancer testing, and there is a number to call if you want to schedule your appointment today.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site campus hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. The Center’s conservation team works with 76 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.
About Jupiter Medical Center:
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,650 team members, 637 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.