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FOR RELEASE: 9/9/2012Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Breast Cancer Survivor Creates 'Mural of Hope' at Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

FAIRFIELD, CT — Susan Murray, a breast cancer survivor and decorative artist, wanted to give something to women with breast cancer to inspire them on their journey. She created a beautiful mural that now hangs in the meditation room at The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

“I was given so much hope at the Breast Care Center,” she says. “Being a patient there made all the difference. You walk into a living room-like setting and feel relaxed. You can call your doctor by her first name. They make you feel like you’ll get through this.”

Celtic Knots Mural
Susan Murray (center) presents her mural to Drs. Donna Twist and Mary Pronovost of The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

The mural has a faux stone background overlaid with hand-painted flowers and messages of hope and strength. “It’s Rosa Travertine, a natural stone that is a symbol of strength,” Murray says. “And the rose is the symbol of the Breast Care Center.”

Visitors to a local Irish festival, where the mural was displayed, wrote the names of people they knew who had been touched by the disease as well as words of encouragement. “It’s very positive,” Murray says.

Murray is a partner in Finished with Style of Monroe, a firm that specializes in decorative painting and plastering. They create custom finishes on all surfaces (walls, floors and ceilings) in residential as well as commercial spaces throughout Connecticut and New York.

Murray worked on the mural for over a year, while she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. “It was a natural outlet for me,” she says. “It was a way I could give back.”

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health System, The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. One of only 200 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine and other patient support activities. The Center also has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

The Center is a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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