artisitcSpirit of Hope. Spirit of Courage. Spirit of Compassion.

This original glass sculpture by Pine Bluff artist James Hayes embodies the spirit of those affected by cancer. Each piece is unique and handcrafted.

The multicolored sculptures titled “Never Lose Spirit” are available for $25 at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute gift shop. Exclusive numbered pieces also are available for $100 by calling the Cancer Institute gift shop at 501-686-5588 or the Cancer Institute Foundation at 501-686-2277.

Proceeds from the sale of the sculptures benefit patient support services intended to address the emotional, physical and lifestyle changes associated with a cancer diagnosis. Classes for patients and caregivers; consultations with nutritionists, pharmacists and social workers; oncology massage; guided imagery and other services are available free of charge for all patients.

The Never Lose Spirit program was developed by Stacy Sells, Little Rock public relations executive, UAMS patient and cancer survivor. It is sponsored by Vincent M. Insalaco and Judy Kohn Tenenbaum in memory of Sally Riggs Insalaco and Muriel Balsam Kohn.

The Affirmation of a Cancer Patient

While the battle of cancer will be one of life’s greatest challenges, it is up to me to ignite a flame so I may restore my strength throughout the journey.

I will replace fear with hope, transfer frustration into patience, and overcome feelings of weariness with perseverance. It will be my resolve that will allow me to move through eternal changes in the life process.

In the end, I will never lose my spirit for it is my advantage, the medicine of the mind that will nourish, sustain, and bring me peace.

About the Artist – James Hayes

James Hayes of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, owns and operates the James Hayes Art Glass Company. After receiving an art degree in 1988 from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, he searched for a medium to express his artistic talent. He soon discovered glassblowing and has further studied the art in Murano, Italy, and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in Southern Living magazine, and on the Christmas tree at the White House.