South Texas Heroes: Paty C. Orduna

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LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - This month on South Texas Heroes we're saying to thank you to the heroes who bring awareness to breast cancer issues and provide hope and support to those fighting the disease. In this story we meet the artist who created the latest work added to the Angel of Hope collection. It's hanging in the A.R. Sanchez Cancer Center at Laredo Medical Center.

Paty C. Orduna has been painting for decades and she even teaches courses to help people use painting as a form of therapy. But she also knows works of art can inspire hope and pay tribute. And that's what the pieces of art at the cancer center are meant to do.

Stepping into Paty Orduna's home it's easy to see she believes in angels.

"Angels are very important. They play a big role in my life," she said, "they're just there to help, protect and love."

And in this painting 8 beautiful angels represent Paty and her 7 beautiful sisters all with their arms outstretched.

"I believe that when we care for another person is when we heal, so when we reach out to others is when we heal, when we do service," she told us.

But 6 years ago, one of those women left this world as we know it. Paty lost her oldest sister Aurora to breast cancer.

"My sister gave us a big lesson because she fully accepted her illness and when she died she was absolutely ready, with so much peace," Paty said.

Paty has degrees in fine arts and psychology, teaches art therapy classes to adults and children and helps run a family business. But when she was approached about creating the next Angel of Hope painting, she knew she wanted to dedicate time and energy to a project that was so important to her personally.

"When I was thinking what kind of angel am I going to do, is it a colorful angel? Is it a realistic angel? It came down to, it needs to be an energy-filled angel," she shared.

And a specific inspiration came to her.

"The color of magenta symbolizes the divine, and the wings are forming sort of a circle surrounding the angel, which are not really wings. It's a field of grace, which I think we all have a field of grace around."

There's a look of joy on the angel's face and her hands are pointed inward.

"This angel is inviting people to go inward and receive the wisdom of acceptance," Paty shared, "and when you accept things, there is hope."

Her husband Rafael and children Robert and Julia watched as she worked on the painting even offering their input. Now this Angel of Hope will hang in the cancer center at LMC along with others in a collection, an endeavor she is honored to be part of.

And as those fighting cancer and their families view her Angel of Hope she hopes they take away a special feeling with them.

"Peace, self-love, self-acceptance," she said.