Central LA Arts and Healthcare has been an integral part of reaching out to the cancer patients at Cabrini Cancer Center. Every activity is important and appreciated. The patients look forward to either participating in a painting project or listening to music. The organization has brought "the arts" our patients would not normally have an opportunity to enjoy. The volunteers are talented. They have definitely made an impact concerning "awareness" to the field of combining the arts with the healthcare community and the people seeking medical attention.
As we sat in a hospital room waiting for our loved one to die, we experienced harp playing and singing from musicians with Central LA Arts & Healthcare. He was in pain and it was time to let go. Their compassionate manner and appropriate music helped us say goodbye and feel comfort at this very difficult time.
During chemotherapy and radiation treatments, it was a really calming factor to be able to select music I enjoyed and listen to this during the long sessions. Certainly it took my mind off or ME and put it where it should be...enjoying life. Also the art exhibits provided in the waiting room made the time before treatments go by quicker with interesting and soothing art to enjoy instead of sitting there dreading what was ahead. Since then I have had several friends who have told me of the organization helping them through the dying days of a loved on by providing music for their relative that soothed both the patient and the family. Others have told me of coma patients who have been calmed and even had positive response to activities provided by CLAAH. The volunteers do everything possible to provide what is needed for the soul to heal. Since then I have tried to help and volunteer when called on to assist the organization.