Hinsdale – Art, Julie Dooley will tell you, runs in her family.
Dooley was the winner of last year’s Pink Ribbon Art Contest, run by Adventist Hinsdale
and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals
. Her niece also won in her age category, and her sister has previously won at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
“We are really different,” Dooley said of their styles. “My sister, she’s way over the edge. I’m kind of soft and mellow.”
Dooley won last year for a pencil drawing of a mother, struggling with breast cancer, dreaming of her recovery and spending time with her daughter. She is inspired by her own life in many ways, thinking of her own daughter, who has special needs, and the family members who have fought their way through cancer treatments.
“And I hear a lot of stories when I’m working at the hospital,” said Dooley, who works in Health Information Management at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “I just envision these women and what they might be struggling through. I pray for them, hoping they can get through their struggles with chemotherapy, radiation, all of their treatments.”
Dooley is considering again entering this year’s Pink Ribbon Art Contest, the fourth annual the hospitals have held. Contest submissions are due Sept. 16. Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals are hosting the contest in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Entries will be accepted in various categories: adults, anyone 18 years or older; Adventist Midwest Health employees; and children. Children’s categories include kindergarten submissions; first and second grade; third, fourth and fifth grade; sixth, seventh and eighth grade; and high school.
Artwork can include drawings, paintings and photography.
“The Pink Ribbon Art Contest is a chance for patients, family, friends and our own staff to express all the emotions that can come with a diagnosis of cancer,” said Sandy Mueller, director of Experience Excellence with Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. “There’s worry, fear, sadness, but also joy, love and kindness all wrapped together. That really comes through in their work.”
Submissions will be judged at each individual hospital campus. And on Oct. 1, a silent auction will be held for adult entrants to the contest during annual tree lighting ceremonies at Adventist Hinsdale, 120 N. Oak St. in Hinsdale, and Adventist La Grange Memorial, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road in La Grange. Proceeds will benefit the Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund.
For details, call (630) 856-7408, or visit www.keepingyouwell.com/pinkart
Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals. Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, email@example.com; (630) 856-2354.