In the spring of 1995, I was invited to participate in a public
art competition to build an entryway to a medical center. My work was
accepted. During this time, I was diagnosed with Stage II squamous
cell carcinoma of the tongue. I selected treatment programs,
surgeons and a partial neck resection to find any additional
tumors.The two events became inextricably linked. Each visit to a
medical facility for diagnosis, biopsy, X-ray and surgery became an
experience of the facility itself.
Bench for Friends was created to share with someone. It embodies
the idea of "healing the mind and body." While dealing with cancer,
it was necessary to marshal the collective strength of friends to
prepare for what was to come.