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Lilly Oncology and the NCCS Announce the Launch of the 2014 LILY ONCOLOGY ON CANVAS Art Competition and Exhibition

Lilly Oncology and the NCCS Announce the Launch of the 2014 LILY ONCOLOGY ON CANVAS Art Competition and Exhibition

Some see paint. Others see hope. What do you see? Ten years ago, more than 400 people across 23 countries saw those words and shared their cancer journeys with the world through art and narrative. While more than 4,100 stories have been shared, there are many still waiting to be told. In the U.S.[i] 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.

Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) today announced the launch of 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 2014 competition marks the 10 th anniversary of Lilly Oncology On Canvas. In honor of this milestone, Lilly Oncology will be launching the Hope Murals Project, bringing 10 inspirational pieces of art to 10 cities, in the form of 10 murals. Information on the Hope Murals Project, additional anniversary activities, previous years' entries, details on the 2014 Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition, official rules and regulations and a downloadable entry form may be found on www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com.

"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 Canvas SM 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."

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.

"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."

Call for Entries
The 2014 Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition is open to residents of the United States and Puerto Rico in three 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. The competition, exhibition, and awards are subject to certain laws and regulations, which may prevent some individuals (e.g., healthcare practitioners and government officials) from accepting the awards, benefits and/or acknowledgements associated with this program.


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