The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program’s (DCPSP) Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility offers cancer patients and their families a quiet place for meditation and reflection.
The garden is a place of comfort for those coping with cancer, as well as a place for loved ones to honor or remember those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
For many years, Rachel Schanberg and other friends of the DCPSP dreamed of a garden where patients, families, and staff members could enjoy a beautiful, tranquil area as a respite from the hospital or clinic.
That dream became a reality when the Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility was formally dedicated on November 8, 2003.
The garden contains a beautiful sculpture, The Promise, by gifted artist John Safer. The shape is simple, but evocative. The upward spiraling form is traditionally one of hope, a feeling echoed by the title of the work.