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Oncology On Canvassm Invites People Touched by Cancer to Submit Their Artwork and Narratives

Feel. Create. Share the Hope.


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Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship have launched the 2012 Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition, inviting people 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.

Oncology On Canvas was created in 2004 by Lilly Oncology as a way to help people touched by cancer cope with the emotional side effects of the disease by telling their stories. Nearly 3,600 people have submitted their artwork and narratives since the competition’s creation.

You don’t have to be an artist or writer to be part of this competition. Telling your story and inspiring others is what’s important. You don’t have to be a cancer survivor to enter, either. Oncology On Canvas is accepting entries from family, friends, and caregivers, as well as healthcare providers. Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges and will receive a donation made in their name to the cancer-related charity of their choice.

The deadline to register for the competition is April 30, 2012, and all entries must be submitted by June 29, 2012. For more information about Oncology On Canvas and how to enter the 2012 competition – including complete rules and registration and submission forms – visit or call (866) 991-LOOC.

You can also check out the 2010 winners, view artwork from previous competitions, see an exhibit schedule, and watch inspirational “getting started” videos on art techniques, including painting, drawing, mixed media, and photography, at

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See "Life Becomes Art: Cancer Survivor Awarded Top Prize in 2010 Oncology On Canvas Art Competition" from Coping.

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, November/December 2011.