University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Framed Quilts at Mission Bay

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Art for Recovery has provided all of the materials, expertise, inspiration and enough volunteers so that each participant has felt heard and seen. The quilt blocks are finished and sewn together into an 8x8 foot quilt by quilters (some who have had breast cancer). We have served men, women, children, friends and family members who are touched by this disease. We have served approximately 30 -50 participants at each of the four to six workshops presented each year.

“We cannot do great things, we can only do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

Each quilt remains with Art for Recovery, although they are available for display in the communities in which they were created. The quilts also travel throughout the United States at various venues (including the National Institutes of Health) and, in the past, were displayed at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in San Francisco. The Art for Recovery Breast Cancer Quilts project has produced 70 quilts and will continue as long as there are women and families coping with the disease.


Art for Recovery at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has held quilt workshops in hospitals and community venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1994. Outreach to underserved communities included workshops in Marin City and the Canal District of San Rafael, the Bay View Hunter's Point, Western Addition, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley districts of San Francisco and the San Francisco County jail (working with women prisoners who are touched by breast cancer.)

Find out how you can become involved by creating a quilt square.

Supported by ALICE@97.3, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, The Auxiliary at USCF Mount Zion, KKSF Radio, and Mount Zion Health Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.