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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Joliet Patient Donates Artwork from John Lennon Peace Wall to Inspire Others at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross


After being diagnosed with cancer involving his spine in April of this year and undergoing five weeks of radiation treatments at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, Jim McCollum wanted to express his gratitude to his physicians and the entire care team that supported him.

“I was treated so wonderfully by my physicians, Dr. McCall and Dr. Narula, and all the staff that I wanted to honor them through my artwork donation,” said Joliet resident Jim McCollum. “When you have cancer, some people treat you coldly, but everyone at theUniversity of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital was always so warm to me and willing to accommodate my schedule to fit in my radiation treatments. I was so moved by their support that I felt it was only fitting to have the artwork’s words ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’ displayed at the Center to inspire other cancer patients as they find courage to deal with their illness.”

“We are so touched by Jim’s donation of such an optimistic piece of art that will offer notable encouragement to our patients, their families and our staff for years to come,” said Anne McCall, M.D., Medical Director for Radiation Oncology for the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.
 

McCollum and his wife, Karen, shared a passion for travel and photography for over 30 years.  In 2005, they combined that passion to create McCollum Photography. Jim is self-taught and has been taking pictures for over 50 years.  Karen graduated from the College of DuPage in 2005 with a Certificate of Photography Technology. Specializing in fine art photography, they travel the world taking photographs that capture the subtle nuances of the towns that they visit.  Their current body of work is a photo documentary of the John Lennon Peace Wall in Prague that spans a period of nine years. In addition, they operate 15 to 20 art shows a year and are co-op gallery members for Gallery 7, which is a fine art gallery located in the heart of downtown Joliet (next to the historic Rialto Theater) and features the work of nine local artists. For more information visit, www.galleryseven.net

 Staff from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital pose with spinal cancer patient and Joliet resident Jim McCollum, who donated a photograph he took of the John Lennon Peace Wall in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. The graffiti artwork includes the famous song lyric “I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends,” sung by former Beatles band member John Lennon. Pictured from left to right are Kathleen Meyer, RN; Jill Wojciechowski, PSR; Eugenia Rakhno, Physicist; Deb Treadway, Receptionist; Anne McCall, MD. Radiation Oncologist;  Chris Stepaniak, Physicist; patient Jim McCollum; Melissa Wilson, Radiation Therapist;  Dan Golden, MD. Radiation Oncologist; Kim De Nardo, Lead Radiation Therapist; Joanne Harrison, Radiation Therapist; Eric Miller, Radiation Therapist; Nicki Fender, RN; and Roshelle Neal, Medical Assistant. Members of the care team not pictured are Rosie Damian, Radiation Therapist; and Dan Joyce, Dosimetrist.



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