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Art and exercise merge for fundraiser

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

Chris Wherity, cardiac program director at PeaceHealth’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facility, climbs aboard a 1980’s-era bike. The hospital’s foundation has a campaign to gain funds for new equipment for the facility. An event that begins this month, called Art with Heart, will help raise money for the campaign.

Art and exercise seem disparate concepts, but the two have merged in a local event called Art with Heart, organized to raise funds to upgrade equipment at PeaceHealth’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facility in Florence, which moved in December from a spot near the hospital’s imaging department to across campus in a larger space.

Claudia Ignatieff, president of Pacific Shores Community of Artisans (PSCA), organizers of the event, said the group was inspired to help the facility by one of its artist members, Pat Ryle of Florence.

“She told us she had an amazing experience there, so when we learned they could use our help, we wanted to do something,” said Ignatieff.

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