Aaron Baker, Councilwoman Annie Black, Mayor Al Litman and Yoli Bell, founder of the Mesquite Cancer Help Society pose in front of the second community inspired mural project spearheaded by Councilwoman Black during the mural’s unveiling on the wall outside of MCHS on Thursday, Dec. 12 in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the organization. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Mesquite Cancer Help Society’s 20th anniversary celebration, Yoli Bell was able to unveil the second community-inspired project led by Mesquite councilwoman Annie Black.

Artist Raquel Rae has designed two murals, this one which was just unveiled on the wall outside of the Mesquite Cancer Help Society facing Yucca Street and the first mural that was painted on the wall outside of the Women’s History and Culture Center and completed in May.

Both murals are on the same campus and while each has its own flavor they do remain consistent in the amount of color they’ve added to an otherwise dreary looking campus.

Speakers that day included Mayor Al Litman, Black and Bell.

After the mayor’s short opening ceremony speech, Litman was asked to sign a light blue cancer ribbon on the wall in remembrance of his fight and win over prostate cancer. The wall contains many color ribbons depicting a certain type of cancer; Bell encourages survivors, family of lose lost to cancer or someone currently fighting to sign a ribbon and be part of this wonderful community memorial project.

Mayor Litman was asked to sign a light blue cancer ribbon on the wall in remembrance of his fight and win over prostate cancer during the unveiling of the community mural outside of the Mesquite Cancer Help Society on Thursday, Dec. 12 in honor of the society’s twentieth anniversary. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Black was honored to be a part of this mural and the one on the other end of the campus. She feels that projects like this give people a sense of pride and ownership in the beautification of their communities.

It’s quite amazing to Bell herself that the organization has grown so through the years. She is eternally grateful for those who donate. Bell said when she first began 20 years ago, she was able to offer gas money to those who had a difficult time traveling to and from St. George or Las Vegas several times each week for chemotherapy treatment. Because of the generosity and help from those who support the MCHS, Bell can now offer help of any and all kinds from medical equipment to flights across the country for treatments of specific types of cancers.