Uplift cancer patients and their families at our annual Rock-A-Thon

Survivors painting on stone

Northern Arizona Healthcare invites the community to its annual Rock-A-Thon at the Cancer Centers of NAH to honor cancer patients and their families. During the event, individuals can paint inspirational rocks which will be used to grow the NAH Cancer Center rock garden. This event will take place Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the NAH West Campus Parking Lot located at 1215 N. Beaver Street in Flagstaff.  

In 2018, a group of NAH colleagues, patients, and community members organized the first NAH Rock-A-Thon to kick off the creation of a rock garden. A large rock pile behind the hospital contains donated river rocks for anyone to paint with a hopeful message and to leave in the garden for patients or family members who need their spirits lifted. A white stone heart commemorates those who have survived and those who have passed. 

“There are so many people who’ve been touched by cancer in some way, perhaps through a personal diagnosis or by a family member, friend, or colleague diagnosed with the disease,” said Grace Marks, a health coach at NAH. “This special event is something that members of the community can do to spread inspiration to patients and family members that have been affected by cancer.” 

Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona will provide all materials for members of the community who wish to paint an inspirational message. An on-site professional instructor also will be on-hand to provide tips and tricks for painting.