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Trail-side art encourages cancer sufferers to fight

Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Plaza along the California Coastal Trail. This unique sulpture trail is located on San Diego Bay, across Harbor Drive from the airport. A side trail leads the visitor into the linear plaza, which includes benches and messages on bronze plaques, and back to the main trail along the bay. Victor Salmones created the central sculpture "Cancer... There's Hope." It include the bronze figures and maze, representing the treatment process.

The Summary plaque reads: "Fighting cancer is not a simple matter of thinking positively, wishing it away, and saying, "hey, doc, cure me." It is a matter of knowledge. It is a matter of educating yourself about every detail and mustering all your resources. Use every drop of energy in an organized fashion to constructively concentrate on getting rid of cancer. Most cancers can be successfully treated, but generally you have only one chance. If you miss that first chance, if you don't do everything in your power often there is not second chance. this is why no cancer patient can afford the luxury of looking back and saying, 'I wish I would have...' Never look back. Concentrate on this moment forward and do everything in your power. There is no downside risk. Now you may have a chance."

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(Photos by Stuart Macdonald, December 31, 208 and August 31, 2009)

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