Siteman Cancer Center Selling Holiday Cards to Help Patients in Need

This is one of the images featured on the holiday cards.

By Jim Goodwin

To help celebrate the season, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is offering holiday greeting cards
featuring five colorful photographs. Sales of the cards, which come in a boxed set of five for $5,
benefit Joanne Knight Breast Health Center patients in need.

Each card features a photo by St. Louis-area photographer Karen Kotner, whose work hangs
in the breast health center at Siteman. There, the colorful photography offers inspiration to patients who come for annual testing, as well as to those battling cancer.

“Every time I visit the Joanne Knight Breast Health Center I am captivated by Karen’s images,” said patient Barbara Addelson, who suggested that Kotner’s work would make great notecards to help raise funds for patients. “Her photographs transport me to other places, providing a welcome diversion at a time when I need it.”

The holiday cards depict these scenes:

  • A blooming magnolia tree and a footbridge, both covered in snow, at Missouri Botanical Garden;
  • A kaleidoscopic arrangement of parasols in India;
  • Snow-laden fall foliage along the shore of New Hampshire’s Echo Lake;
  • Prayer flags in Bhutan; and
  • A snowy mountain and lakeside canoes at Glacier National Park in Montana.  

Inside each card is a message: “Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year.”

Every artist aims to influence others. Kotner said she’s pleased cancer patients have found inspiration in her work.

“I am thrilled that my art has had such an impact on patients, both visually and emotionally, and that the sale of these cards can help patients who might otherwise not be able to afford mammography and other important medical tests,” she said.

The holiday cards can be purchased at the Barnard Health and Cancer Information Center in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine on Siteman’s main campus, 4921 Parkview Place in St. Louis, or by calling 314-362-7844. Shipping is available for an extra charge.