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CAELYNN ITEN expresses her feelings through art as she paints her canvas with the colors that represent her. 

EL CENTRO — The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert (CRCD) hosted an art event for their children with cancer June 29 encouraging them to express their feelings through art.

Originally, the children were going to create a mural to be displayed at the CRCD, but due to an emergency with the Starts for Arts Organization, the CRCD created a workstation to give the children a chance to make their own one-of-a-kind painting. The goal was to teach these children that a positive attitude through self-expression can make a drastic impact on their recovery.

“Through our research, we have learned that … a positive attitude toward life will benefit them in the treatment process due to the way our body will react to the cancer treatment,” said Chief Executive Officer Helen Palomino.

Currently, the CRCD is the only local non-profit organization that helps cancer patients of the Imperial Valley navigate their medical issues. The CRCD has expanded the programs to meet the growing needs of the community.

“At this time, we are involved in a new study to help women with breast cancer. The research deals with how to help relieve the stress of these patients, so they can go through their treatment with limited obstacles,” said Palomino.

One of the other major studies being conducted by the CRCD and leading cancer doctors of the Imperial Valley is health disparity. This involves research on how Latino patients react to treatment.

“Right now, we are going through research to see how we can improve the recovery process of Latino patients because they can have harsher side effects than a Caucasian patient,” said Palomino.

With this new-found data, the CRCD is working with cancer doctors to find ways to better treat the Latino population that makes up a majority of the Imperial Valley. The CRCD’s innovative service strives to ensure a positive effect on quality, cost, and satisfaction of the patient and clinical team.

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