When Molly Petrucci created Heartbeats, she had no idea it would later grace a wall outside executive offices in the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center at Roswell Park. As a senior at City Honors High School in Buffalo, she completed the project for an art class that also encompassed painting, sketching and sculpture. Although she had taken another art class as a sophomore, “this was my first time doing needlework,” she says, “and I wanted to challenge myself to do something different.”
As artist Shasti O’Leary Soudant planned the creation of Wish Field, she thought about the emotions of the cancer patients and survivors who would see it. For that she did not need her imagination; she had her own memory.