The circle has many meanings but most commonly it represents infinity, that which has no beginning or end. It also is a symbol of protection. So, it was fitting that in 2002 the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center named their fundraising program the Circle of Hope where people could purchase a tile that would be on display at the center in honor of or in memory of a loved one.
Over the years, the tiles have been a welcoming entrance for patients and families as they come and go at the Cancer Center. And with that comes a lot of wear and tear on them. So much so, that they began to deteriorate to the point of being unreadable. With all the daily traffic over the tiles, they also became bumpy and uneven which caused a safety issue.
“These tiles mean so much to the community as well as to those that donated to the center,” said Cece Clitheroe, Tuality Foundation director. “Many are adorned with uplifting and thoughtful words so it was really important for us to preserve them in some way.”
In the winter of 2013, the process of transforming the donor tiles into a donor wall began. With the help of a generous volunteer, all of the information was collected from the tiles and placed onto a circular wall design that is now on display at the entrance.
“We’re so pleased with the end result,” said Tina Dickerson, Director of the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center. “The Circle of Hope entrance to the Cancer Center has been a comfort and of great importance to those who’ve been a part of its creation. Re-doing the damaged stones into the welcoming wall art within the breezeway, has given added beauty to the entrance, and continues the hope of healing as you enter our door.”