The FINANCIAL -- In the U.S. there are nearly 14 million cancer survivors today in addition to millions of others who love and care for them. Creating, viewing and talking about the disease can help patients and their loved ones cope with this serious illness, according to Eli Lilly and Company.
Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) launched the 2014 Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition. The biennial competition invites individuals from the United States and Puerto Rico, 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. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2014.
"The year 2014 marks an important milestone for Lilly Oncology On Canvas," said Newt Crenshaw, vice president, Lilly Oncology. "In the last decade, we have watched Oncology On CanvasSM become a vital platform for cancer patients, oncologists, oncology nurses and so many others to share their cancer journeys. We are excited to celebrate this anniversary and the thousands of people the competition has touched," Grenshaw.
Oncology On Canvas 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, select artwork embarks on a tour of cancer centers, hospitals and patient advocacy group events. The last decade has also provided additional platforms on which to share Oncology On Canvas artwork, most recently, Pinterest, according to Eli Lilly and Company.
"The personal stories and insights cancer patients and those who love and care for them share through their Lilly Oncology On Canvas entries never fail to move me and everyone I know who experiences them, whether in person at exhibitions or virtually on the website, or even flipping through the artbook at a cancer clinic," said Nina Wendling, executive director, NCCS. "NCCS is proud to continue its decade-long partnership with Lilly and looks, with great anticipation, to this competition year's entries," Wendling added.