The month of May traditionally marks the start of a season of remembrance and new beginnings – with Mother’s Day and Memorial Day as well as graduations, weddings and other celebrations filling our calendars.
On May 31, 2023 we gathered for our butterfly release. These Painted Lady butterflies signify strength, joy and hope. Thank you to all who have donated to honor or remember someone special in their lives and assist cancer patients in need.
|In Memory of Randy Meeker
|In Memory of Jeff Hill
|In Memory of Iris Kapustein
|In Memory of Elaine Benen
|In Memory of Petronila Gallardo
|In Memory of Brandi Riber
|In Memory of Laura Emmett
|In Honor of FCS Foundation Team
|In Honor of Dr. Mark Rubin and Dr. Judy Wang
|In Memory of Patti Rae Given
|In Memory of Howard and Marge Lee
|In Memory of Peg and Bill Cowdright
|In Honor of Me Strong
|In Memory of Doris
|In Honor of Lori
|In Memory of Olivia Krizman
|In Memory of Craig Young
|In Memory of her Aunt
|In Memory of Wanda Minton
|In Memory of Eric Yael Garcia
|In Honor of Katie Graves
|In Memory of Richard C. Meek Sr.
|In Memory of Special Sister-in-Law, Stephanie
|Mary Margaret Barnhart
|In Memory of Father Ken Barnhart
|In Memory of Guy Samuelson
|Pedro Lopez Colon
|In Memory of Abuela (Grandmother) Maria
|In Memory of Patricia J. Becker
|In Memory of Halina Gnatuik
|In Memory of Stephanie Rodin
|In Memory of Lloyd "Andy" Anderson
|In Memory of Alma Spurlin and Waren Spurlin
with thanks to Dr. Chu and his team
|In Honor of June Hissong
|In Memory of her mother, Rita Klugmann
|In Honor of Carol Sommerville, her Mother
|In Honor of herself
|In Memory of Bill and Laverne Whitney
and Michelle Whitney Delbonifro
|Jennifer Merens Leake
|In Honor of her amazing parents
|In Memory of Mom and Memere
|In Honor of Nancy Frate and Ruth Tomidy
|In Memory of Lillian, Carl and Peter Rasys
|In Memory of Kristin Wolf
|In Memory of Jen Rogers
|In Memory of Jonathan Colin Howard
|In Memory of Normal M Roy
|In Honor of Dr. Elizabeth Gaincial
& FCS Sarasota Personnel
|In Memory of Edlee S. Manuel Jr.
|In Memory of Leo Cybulski Sr.
|In Memory of Leo Cybulski Jr.
|In Memory of Lori Carter
|In Honor of Michael Botti
|Mildred Ortega Roldan
|In Honor of Joel D Mulero
|In Memory of Guy R. Samuelson
|In Memory of Dene Shickel
|In Memory of Gary "Papa" Zega
|In Memory of Theresa J Oliver
|In Honor of the Queens of
Omega Xi Delta Sorority Inc.
|In Memory of Katie Outlaw
|In Memory of Izavette;
Baby Wave and The twins
|In Memory of Mary Manzoni
|In Honor of MaryEllen VanUiter,
RN Oncology Nurse Extraordinaire
|In Honor of all the cancer patients
|In Memory of Lil Routman
|Dwight and Patricia Martin
|In Memory of Janice Martin
|In Memory of Jeannine Richards
|In Memory of Mike Petruzziello
|In Memory of Donald J. Sweeney
|Tom and Tawnya Brannan
|In Memory of Dr. Rennie M. Crane
|Dr. Raul Storey
|In Honor of Raul Storey Jr.
Meet Antonio Azzato, the visionary behind the Las Meninas Sculpture Project. To continue the successful and positive spirit of the Las Meninas project in Madrid, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) and Healing Arts in Medicine are bringing Antonio Azzato’s vision to the United States for the first time.
Azzato was born and raised in Venezuela and has Italian and Spanish roots. He has raised more than 550K euros for different charitable foundations. His experience in the engineering, business, marketing, and interior design fields has given him the technical and artistic training to develop his Meninas Gallery project, which has positioned the silhouette of the Menina as the new icon of the city of Madrid, where he currently resides. Learn more about Antonio here.
Painted by Diego Velázquez in 1656,“Las Meninas” translates to Ladies in Waiting. Considered a masterpiece depicting life in the court of King Philip IV of Spain, the painting represents a turning point in art history for the way in which Velázquez broke from the stiff formal portraits that typically defined royal subjects.
Inspired by the iconic painting “Las Meninas,” which translates to “Ladies in Waiting,” Spanish artist and sculptor Antonio Azzato created larger than life-size statues, fashioned in the shape of the Ladies in Waiting in the famous painting, that have been displayed in the streets of Madrid every fall since 2018. The statues are painted by various Spanish artists and celebrities and used to raise money for different charities. For the project with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), smaller statues that are white, like a blank canvas, will be distributed to 12 designated FCS clinics. Together with local artists, patients will bring their Las Meninas vision to life, giving each statue its own unique theme and color palette.
Once complete, the Las Meninas sculptures will be on display in local communities, raising awareness of the extreme healing power of art in medicine. After a months-long tour of the state, each will be placed on auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. The Foundation assists cancer patients in need in Florida with essential everyday living expenses.
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