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Fifth Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition Invites All Touched by Cancer to Share Their Cancer Journeys

Competition Expands to Canada


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2011 Oncology On Canvas first place winner

Get your canvases, paintbrushes and cameras ready — the subject is cancer and you are the storyteller. Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) today announced the launch of the 2012 Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition. The biennial competition invites individuals from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, who were diagnosed with any type of cancer — as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers — to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning. Entries must be postmarked by June 29, 2012.

Oncology On CanvasSM was launched in 2004 by Lilly Oncology to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional side of the disease. Winners’ prizes consist of donations made to the cancer charities of their choice. Following the competition, much of the artwork embarks on a tour of cancer centers, hospitals and patient advocacy group events.

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2011 Oncology On Canvas second place winner

Since its inception, Lilly Oncology On Canvas has received more than 3,600 entries. However, these 3,600 stories are but a few of the many waiting to be told by the nearly 12 million cancer survivors alive today in the U.S. alone — in addition to millions of others who love and care for them, according to Newt Crenshaw, vice president, Lilly Oncology.

“If you or someone you care for has heard the three words, ‘You have cancer,’ then you know firsthand that a cancer diagnosis can change the lives of patients and everyone around them,” said Crenshaw. “Lilly Oncology On Canvas has become an important way for cancer patients, oncologists, oncology nurses and so many others to share their stories of hope and despair, loss and survival, and countless other emotions.”

“We are whole people, comprised of biological, spiritual, emotional and psychological parts,” said Richard Payne, MD, NCCS Chair, and an internationally known expert in the areas of pain relief, care for those near death, oncology and neurology. “Oncology On Canvas recognizes this fact by providing anyone affected by cancer with a platform to express often unspoken emotions, resulting in artwork that moves and inspires.”

Call for Entries Details
The 2012 Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition is open to residents of the United States and Puerto Rico. There are three entrant categories: person diagnosed with cancer; family member, friend or caregiver; and healthcare professional. Original artwork that depicts one’s cancer journey may be submitted in one of six media: watercolor, oil, pastel, photography, acrylic or mixed media. The artwork must be accompanied by a narrative. 

Winners in 24 categories will be chosen by an independent panel of judges. Prizes consist of donations to cancer-related charities selected by the winners, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Following the competition, much of the artwork will embark on a tour of cancer centers, hospitals and patient advocacy group events. 

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For further information about Lilly Oncology On Canvas, including official rules, entry forms and a gallery of previous entries that will inspire you, visit www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com or call 1-866-991-LOOC (5662).

You can follow Lilly Oncology On Canvas on Twitter (twitter.com/LlyOncOnCanvas), Facebook (www.facebook.com/LillyOncologyOnCanvas) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/LlyOncOnCanvas).

To learn more about cancer survivorship tools and resources, visit the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) website at www.canceradvocacy.org.