The hallway walls of The Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo are filled with a tribute to hats and the way they can make a cancer patient feel.
The artist behind the exhibit hopes it will inspire people to donate hats to cancer centers for patients who will lose their hair and remind people that art can help you heal.
Claudia Pratt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. At that time, she says there weren't a lot of options for hats for women. As a working woman, she wanted something she could wear to work, something that would match her clothes and make her feel good. But, she soon realized that hats would play a bigger role in her cancer journey.
She reached out to other artists and was swamped with inspiration. Claudia is now featured in the 46 pictures of the "SheArts Hat Art for Breast Cancer Awareness." The pictures are accompanied by messages of hope and inspiration from herself and the artist who created the hat.
Claudia Pratt says, "I definitely hope people smile and laugh with this. It shows the many moods of a person. It shows the happy moments, contemplative, the serious times and the times you just need to get up and go. It shares the multi-dimensional experiences that one case in a journey like this."
Claudia's cancer has spread to her liver and is Stage 4. She is trying an experimental drug right now, but says she will undergo treatments for the rest of her life. Still, she says the hats make her smile. She has more than 50 and continues to get more. Claudia's story is definitely worth tipping your hat to.