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Published on April 04, 2014

Cancer Care at Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional Soars on the Wings of Eagles

 

A new sculpture soars at the Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional. The sculpture has been placed above the lobby of the cancer Eagles at Cancer Centercenter by Burlington artist Casey Lewis of Beechwood Metalworks Inc. It depicts two eagles flying around a nest.

An eagle is the logo of the cancer center’s Wings to Recovery patient support group. The group matches newly diagnosed patients with a patient who is at least one year out from diagnosis and, when possible, a year out from their last treatment. The support group is inspired by the biblical passage (Isaiah 40:31), “They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

The eagles complement a large feather inlaid into the floor of the cancer center. “Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional is about much more than treating the disease,” says Cancer Center Director Brendan Fitzpatrick. “More and more of our patients survive cancer. Many of them are eager to help others through their treatment and return them to living full, rich lives.”

Each eagle is made of thousands of individual stainless steel and copper feathers set off with brass beaks and legs. The large nest the eagles rotate below is made of hundreds of aluminum branches.

“I know how hard it is for the people who come here,” Lewis says of the $21 million cancer center. “I hope this brings them a sense of awe, peace and courage.

The eagle sculpture can be named through the Cultivating Hope Capital Campaign. For more information about this naming opportunity and others, contact Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation Director Katie Boon at 336-538-7946.

The cancer program at Alamance Regional Medical Center has earned a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons. It is also certified under the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Program of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.