The Mary Eagan Garden Fund was created in memory of Mary (1947-1992), who succumbed to
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Mary, a mother of four children, requested that any monies raised in her honor be directed towards building a patio
for future patients' well-being during their times of receiving cancer treatments.
While working with local hospitals towards patio construction, a concurrent pursuit will be the universalization of the concept of having such a facility be part of an overall treatment plan for those unfortunate to be so afflicted. The Waltham (MA) Hospital embraced the goal, and on April 27th, 2001, had the opening ceremony and ribbon cuttting of the magnificent healing garden. The Mary Eagan Garden adjoins the Cancer Care Center; providing a setting of comfort and solace for people who our hearts go out to.
The first Mary Eagan Garden in Canada was opened within the the 4.5 acre Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park in Ottawa on September 24, 2008!
Wendel Heers, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, contributed his artistic and humanistic wares as the chief designer of the sculptured layout; including the magnificent fountains that flow from granite stones into the at-once river and pond waterways.
The team from Zen Associates, led
by principle Shinichiro Abe, hand-selected
every piece of the garden, and designed the vegetation landscaping throughout (as
well as continuing the natural flow around the cancer treatment center). The
collaboration of Wendel and Shin (both soulful geniuses) culminated in the first
of what we hope to be an evergrowing number of therapeutic sites for patients.
Annual Benefit Concerts have led the way as a fundraising vehicle. Events to date, including MusicFest 2001, MusicFest 2000, and MusicFest'99, featuring lineups of Canadian and U.S. virtuosos, have combined with individual, organizational, and corporate donations to create the "Mary Eagan Garden" in Waltham. Exceptional musicians have been enthusiastic in response to the concert series. In particular, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada's Rick Fines continually provides inspiration, support, and advice; as well as tremendous entertainment!
A number of accomplished performers donated songs from their recordings for the "Family, Friends, and Neighbors" compilation CD. Proceeds from the sale of the album go directly to the Garden Fund. There are now a number of CDs whose sales contribute to future healing gardens (see the Albums page).
Musicians, contractors, benefactors, and all others who would like to become involved are invited to contact Terry Eagan via phone at 781-894-0706 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your your interest and participation.
We are honored (and honoured :) to report that the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF) has committed to creating a Healing Garden for patients receiving treatments at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre ! This is very exciting, as Patio Records, the Ottawa community, and the music community are partnering to get that second Mary Eagan Garden in place. For anyone interested in making a direct donation, please feel free to contact an ORCF representative at 1-613-247-3527 (and say Terry sent you). You can also email email@example.com, fax to 613-247-3526,or send a cheque directly to
Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
If you would like to be informed of upcoming events and ongoing news, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks !