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Art exhibit honoring cancer survivors planned for Ellis Fischel

May 24, 2010                                                                              Contact: Matt Splett
                                                                                                      Media Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    (573) 882-5663

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Art enthusiasts, cancer survivors and community members are invited to a special art exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 9, in the main lobby of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, 115 Business Loop 70 West in Columbia.

More than 20 pieces designed by those affected by cancer will be on display as a part of the “Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey” art competition and traveling exhibit.

The free public exhibit tours communities nationwide and honors the physical and emotional journeys people face as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Cancer survivors, caregivers and health care professionals contributed pieces to the extensive collection.

The event will feature refreshments and a cash bar. Reservations are requested by June 4 and can be made by calling (573) 882-8445.

“Hosting the “Oncology on Canvas” exhibition is a first for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center,” said Kristi Gafford, MPH, MBA, executive director of Ellis Fischel. “We welcome the opportunity to showcase the powerful emotion that those touched by cancer express through art. Many pieces visually convey a sense of hope and inspire us to work harder to find a cure for this complex disease.”

The artwork displayed at Ellis Fischel represents entries submitted to the 2008 “Oncology On Canvas” art competition. The biennial contest invites people from the United States and Puerto Rico diagnosed with any type of cancer, as well as their families, friends, caregivers and health care providers, to express through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give the cancer journey meaning.

Launched in 2004, Oncology on Canvas has toured the world reaching millions of people in more than 100 cities.

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