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An opening reception for “One in Eight: The Torso Project,” a compelling exhibit of embellished plaster cast torsos made by area breast cancer survivors, female family members and friends, will take place on Wednesday, October 9th, from 4 to 6 pm, in the Library Solarium.

The display will be available at the GCC Library from October 9-November 4.

Women affected by breast cancer from the Pioneer Valley created their torsos during workshops offered by Cancer Connection and the former Forest Moon: Celebrating Cancer Survivorship, a non-profit based in Brattleboro VT which closed this summer. The exhibit is sponsored by the Nahman-Watson Library at GCC and Cancer Connection with funding support by Rays of Hope. The finished three-dimensional pieces and photos will be displayed with each torso accompanied by a personal statement describing the woman’s breast cancer journey and experience of making her torso.

The title of the show, “One in Eight: The Torso Project,” brings attention to the fact that one in eight women, over the course of her lifetime, will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The project was originated by Pam Roberts, a 19-year breast cancer survivor. An artist, writer, and certified yoga instructor, she leads programs for people affected by cancer throughout New England.

“The exhibit is a celebration of life.” says Roberts. “It honors the courage and creativity with which women meet the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis. The exhibit of One in Eight; The Torso Project brings healing and awareness into the larger community, where most of us are affected in some way by knowing someone with breast cancer.”

The exhibit is sponsored in part by Rays of Hope, whose mission is to raise funds to improve the breast health of people in Western MA communities with quality and compassion in partnership with the Comprehensive Breast Center of the Baystate Regional Cancer Program.

Cancer Connection, Northampton MA offers a safe haven where people living with cancer and their loved ones can learn to navigate the cancer journey through a variety of free programs and services, ranging from peer support to complementary therapies and creative programs.

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