The Art of Histology


Helping improve the healthcare disparity gap.

December 6, 2022

In the United States, $4.1 trillion is spent on healthcare annually. 

This year it’s estimated that 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. 

For those diagnosed who are fortunate enough to have good health coverage, there can be a sense of peace financially. However, many Tucson, Arizona residents diagnosed with cancer may be underinsured or uninsured. 

Having access to proper tests and treatment is crucial. So we partner with the local nonprofit El Rio Health Center Foundation to help ease the cost of cancer treatment to local uninsured people in the Tucson region. 

Last year, we helped with the cost of cancer treatment for 12 recipients who were diagnosed with breast, colon, prostate, pancreatic and liver cancer, as well as lymphoma.

This year, we amplified our El Rio Foundation connection by hosting an inspiring exhibition focused on histology. Histology is an important process that enables tissue samples to be prepared for the diagnostic tests that evaluate cancer diagnoses and inform treatment options. But if you take an up-close look at these tissue stains, it can look like a stained glass window or mandala.

Our art exhibit, Magnified, The Art of Histology, has over 80 individual, diverse and abstract art interpretations of tissue-diagnostic histology stains. “As an artist and cancer survivor, I was drawn to this exhibition, which was both conceptually intriguing and locally inspiring,” said Victoria Engonopolous, a participating artist. 

Magnified, The Art of Histology

The artists in this exhibition used histology stains as their inspiration, looking at them through a range of magnifications. Bella Dolores, an artist by trade, took histology stains and turned them into silk scarfs. Cancer is personal to her since she’s lost three family members to cancer or COVID-19. Her losses left her searching and documenting the unseen world of biology, which has help her heal. 

Access to care is key; enjoy the Magnified, The Art of Histology show. 

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