Rad the Magic Dragon
Following his 1993 prostate cancer diagnosis, Dale Phelps, an orthopedic surgeon in Waterloo, Iowa, began radiation therapy to treat his cancer. Phelps also took advantage of guided imagery, a complementary therapy that involves using the imagination to relax and that may help patients manage stress, anxiety and pain, as well as some side effects of cancer treatment. Phelps often created cancer-related artwork that he would take to his guided-imagery sessions to help with visualization. The image above, Rad the Magic Dragon, a relief print that Phelps created in 2005, represents radiation attacking cancer cells. Phelps died of prostate cancer on April 13, 2009, at the age of 69.
(art: Dale Phelps)