A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Cancer patients take pottery classes at Art Unleashed through Arts as Healing Foundation.  

Power of paint: Using art to help cancer patients

Ellen Futterman, Editor July 26, 2017

They say good things come in small packages. That’s certainly true of Vicki Friedman, a petite powerhouse brimming with vibrancy, energy and can-do positivity. A two-time cancer survivor, Friedman, 63, runs the Arts as Healing Foundation, which champions...

Ariel Shifter was named Woman of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter.  Photo: Bill Motchan

Cancer survivor devotes her life to curing others

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Light July 6, 2017

When a cancer patient completes treatment and identifies as a survivor, the last thing that person wants to see is a technician in a white lab coat. Ariel Shifter is a survivor of Stage II Hodgkin lymphoma, but she dons that very outfit every day at work.Shifter,...

Ben Novack, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Ben Novack, Congregation Shaare Emeth

May 2, 2012

Ben Novack wanted to honor the members of his family who have been affected by cancer.  Son of Debbie and Brian Novack of Westwood, Ben rode in Pedal the Cause, a fundraiser whose mission is to provide funding for cancer research and cancer discovery...

Supporters may don tiaras — one of Arianna Rose Dougans favorite accessories — as they raise money for cancer research during Pedal the Cause Saturday. Family photo

An inspiration – at 4½

Patricia Corrigan, special to the Jewish Light October 6, 2010

Arianna Rose Dougan, age 4½, likes to dress up in fancy clothes and work on art projects that involve glitter and jewels. She always wears pink, her favorite color, except when she adds a touch of purple, her second-favorite color, to set off the pink....

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