Cancer patient provides paintings to Methodist Healthcare facility

7/3/2007

Michael Maness celebrates his victory over cancer every year by donating one of his paintings to the Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center in Memphis. 

Maness has been battling lymphoma and bone marrow cancer since 1997. In June 1999, he underwent a stem cell transplant. Every year since his transplant during the month of June, Maness has donated a painting to the Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center. This June marked his eight-year anniversary following his stem cell transplant. His paintings can be found in several areas of Methodist University Hospital including radiation therapy. 

“I want a person who looks at my paintings to smile, “said Maness. “I don’t want sadness. I want people to feel happy and comfortable.” 

Cancer forced Maness to give up his commercial art and marketing career. Now through his painting, Maness helps raise money for charities across the country. 

This month, Maness will be back in the Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center for another round of chemotherapy. After his chemo, he says he will get back to painting again.