January 29, 2015 | by City of Hope Staff
City of Hope has long known what researchers increasingly are confirming: Gardens and natural surroundings help seriously ill people recover from their treatment ordeals.
Already a trailblazer in the creation of beautiful natural spaces for cancer patients and their families, on Jan. 15, City of Hope dedicated the newest in a series of healing landscapes: the Argyros Family Garden of Hope.
Supported by the Argyros Family Foundation – led by former U.S. Ambassador to Spain George Argyros and his wife, Julia – the garden provides a natural space of light, water, trees and native plants designed to encourage emotional, mental and physical healing.
Strategically positioned between City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital, where patients undergo treatment, and Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, where researchers work to find cures, the Argyros Family Garden of Hope provides patients with easily accessible places to walk and to rest – complete with new and mature trees, gurgling fountains and the soothing use of sand and rock – all artfully integrated into an intimate Southern California vignette.
“This garden is absolutely everything that our family hoped it would be,” Julia Argyros said at the dedication ceremony. Connecting with nature helps her maintain her own feelings of well-being, she said, and she hopes patients will find the same benefit when visiting the new garden.
That's likely. Research has shown that greenery and outdoor spaces provide true healing power.
A legacy of beautiful, healing spaces
The Argyros Family Garden of Hope joins City of Hope’s Japanese Garden, a destination for patients, staff and the community, and the Rose Garden, which pays tribute to individual donors. Also at City of Hope are Pioneer Plaza, a soothing expanse of rolling green lawn and mature trees, and the Sculpture Garden, a collection of spectacular and unique gifts of art. Each of these distinct areas emphasize the importance of emotional, as well as physical, healing.
Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope, said the new garden is a testament to the Argyros' family's vision and an example of City of Hope's shared commitment to patients.
The Argyros family has a long tradition with City of Hope. In particular, they were instrumental in establishing the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology, which opened in 2007. To honor their support, the lecture hall within the building was named the Julia and George Argyros Auditorium. Ambassador Argyros also received an honorary doctoral degree in 2010 from City of Hope's Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences for his support of science education.
“We’re delighted to be able to participate and to help in your most worthy cause here at City of Hope,” Ambassador Argyros said. “We appreciate all that you do and what you represent. You do so much for so many. Thank you.”
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