Capes of strength: Art exhibit celebrates the strength of cancer patients

A new exhibition at the Ventana Gallery at Roche Tissue Diagnostics is turning medical equipment into empowerment for local cancer patients. The “Superheroes, Capes of Strength and Beauty” art installation features 75 “mammocapes” redesigned by artists and auctions them off to raise funds for uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients.

Mammocapes are traditionally worn by patients receiving a mammogram, which is a low-dose X-ray that allows specialists to look for cancers in breast tissue. But for the exhibition at Roche Tissue Diagnostics, the mammocapes will be transformed by paint, embroidery and sequins to represent the strength of survivors and those fighting breast cancer.