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Cancer Patient Gets Mural as Gift: Says There's Meaning for Community

Joplin, MO -

     A Joplin woman fighting cancer for the second time told a friend she liked the murals around town. There's now one in her backyard. Its gift that she plans to share.

"Its just magnificent.  I love to come out to see the daily progress that hes doing,"  said Jeannette Denning of the work in progress on her retaining wall. She loves nature so what was once a gray wall is now full of brightness she wants to share.
Denning said, "I
ve already told the neighbors. Dont come in south, go north and look at the wall cause its gonna be gorgeous. Its for everybody in the neighborhood, but thanks James for doing it."
James Remillard rebuilt the Denning
s home after it went down in the Joplin 2011 tornado.

Remillard said, "They're tornado survivors and Jeannette, eighteen years ago had colon cancer and she survived that. At the present she has liver cancer and is fighting that."

Jeannette added, "My faith in God keeps me going. If I didn't have that, Id be dead."
So Remillard and other members of their bible study group commissioned graffiti and tattoo artist Derek Wieberg to give Jeannette her own mural when she said she liked seeing them in Joplin.

Remillard said, "Jeannette's like a sister to me. She and Phillip are family as far as that goes. I hope it just brings happiness. I think it
s thrilling to do something for somebody that makes them happy."

"I love the bird," said Jeannette watching Wieberg paint.
Wieberg said of the project, "To be able to do something like that,  give this to her, to be able to come out and look at all the time, I think that's amazing.  And for her to appreciate it that much, that just makes my day."
Jeannette said tearfully, "It
s beautiful. I've always loved flowers and birds and all the animals so it represents hope and joy and blessings from all my family."

Wieberg added, "The value of art is in the belief."

While Jeannette loves nature she hopes the retaining wall mural sends a message to her neighbors and the community as a whole.

She said, "Please stop and smell the roses cause each day you don't know what's gonna happen. So you need to just take this day, embrace it, give it all you can. Give the blessings to God even the hardships and say thank you God for another beautiful day. Thats what we do every time we drink coffee. We say thanks God for another cup of coffee cause I've seen the day. Its hope."

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