Meditation garden goes pink for breast cancer - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Meditation garden goes pink for breast cancer

A hospital mediation garden gets a touch of pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Grace Garden at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is designed for healing.

"The garden really is here for the patients and our families to find some peace," said Kay Barnett, Executive Director of Development at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Foundation.

Since 2005, Grace Gardens has bloomed in the heart of the hospital near the old convent.

"In the beginning, our sisters actually planted holly bushes in the shape of a cross and also this statue of Mary," explained Barnett.

Memories also line the walkway and wall of the garden.

"Bricks that people purchase in honor or in memory of a loved one and so if you look behind us you can see that this wall is just about full," said Barnett.

Now the garden has pops of color with pink knockout roses which give 12 year cancer survivor and Bosom Buddy member Janelle Baldwin a sense of hope.

"It's a light color just like the sun rising in the morning," described Baldwin.

She joined Bosom Buddies about a year after her diagnosis and still works with the organization to help support those battling breast cancer.

"I thought maybe it was a life sentence, but it is not. There is life after breast cancer," said Baldwin.

Avid gardener and member of the Lake Charles Garden Club Sarah LeBlanc felt a personal connection to this cause.

"One of our members…a fine lady and my sister had breast cancer," said LeBlanc.

The Lake Charles Garden Club adopted Grace Garden as a healing garden and they plan to continue sprucing it up with herbs and other plants.

"It is trying to bring all of the senses into the garden by smell, touch, especially for the disabled," said LeBlanc.

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