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SHRINERS HOSPITALS: ART IS THERAPY FOR PATIENTS

 SHRINERS HOSPITALS: ART IS THERAPY FOR PATIENTS
 Troy Landy, a patient at the Philadelphia Unit of Shriners


Hospitals, will unveil his artwork during the first annual "One-man Art Show" and reception on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the hospital's auditorium.
 The show will run until 12:30 p.m. and will include pencil sketches, free-form painting, as well as other "masterpieces" done by Landy during his several hospitalizations at the hospital.
 A native of Bermuda, Landy began drawing when he was in the fourth grade. By the time he was in the seventh grade, his interest in art had grown and his works now included wall murals. The future looked bright for this aspiring "Picasso" until a tragic accident in 1987 changed his life. While riding his motorcycle, Landy was hit by a car which ran a light and eventually fled the scene. After hitting the hood of the car, Landy flipped over and broke his neck.
 After several months in a hospital in Bermuda, Landy was admitted to Shriners' Spinal Cord Injury Program, the nation's first pediatric spinal cord injury program. During his numerous hospitalizations, Landy received extensive rehabilitation enabling him to achieve an optimal level of health and independence.
 A part of his rehabilitation plan included art therapy. Because of weakness in his arms, Landy had to relearn to hold objects. Due to the surgery done at Shriners, he is now able to lift his hands above gravity and "pinch" the writing or drawing tools. His artwork, however, is done by weaving the brush or pencil through the fingers and by drawing from left to right.
 Every Thursday, under the guidance of art therapist Lisa Houck, Landy, as well as the other patients, enter into the world of art. Through art therapy, patients find an outlet for their feelings, explore strengths and develop coping skills and self-concept. Houck works with the patients individually and in group sessions.
 The Philadelphia Unit of Shriners Hospitals specializes in diseases of the bones, muscles, joints and spinal cord injuries. All services are available to children from infancy to 21 years of age, and are provided at no cost to the patient, family or third party.
 Media coverage is invited.
 Note: Houck and Landy will be available for interviews during the show and reception.
 CONTACT: Olga Melendez of Shriners Hospitals, 215-335-7422, or 215-332-4500, ext. 422.
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