When Karen Green was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, one of the things she remembers most was her feeling of isolation. This continued to intensify after her follow up appointments. Was she the only one who felt this way?
This growing feeling of isolation is what first brought Karen to Wellspring Westerkirk House (on the campus of Sunnybrook Health Sciences) in 2000. She immediately joined a new peer support group consisting of nine other women. An incredibly strong bond was formed. Karen began to understand that she was not alone; that the struggle she experienced was shared by these other women. It was during their time at Wellspring that they learned the value and importance of female bonds and friendships. Today, they still continue to support each other by meeting four or five times each year.
When the capital expansion of Wellspring Westerkirk House was first announced, Karen was very excited about all of the new and enhanced programming that was going to be offered including: art therapy, Cancer Exercise, and Nourish. “I understand the need for programming” states Karen.
Karen’s father, Al Green, a retired businessman, sculptor and philanthropist, instilled deep beliefs of the value of both art and philanthropy. Coming from this background, Karen knew that she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. She also knew she wanted to help more women by supporting Wellspring. “It was my opportunity to be able to give back.”
Karen very generously funded the Karen Green Art Therapy Room. Because philanthropy plays a large role in their family, Karen’s mother Goldie Feldman and sister Lindy Green also made generous contributions. The Karen Green Art Therapy Room houses our incredibly popular Art Therapy program along with Discussion Series, and select Nourish and Return to Work sessions. “I am very proud to see my name connected with such as important cause” says Karen.