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Art competition highlights coping with a cancer diagnosis

LatinaLista — Throughout our lives, we are bound to know someone afflicted with cancer. The very word can strike fear into those who are diagnosed with it and for their families who suddenly realize that one’s mortality is really such a short time.
Yet, everyone deals with the news differently in their own courageous, or scared, way. To give recognition to all the different ways people deal with a cancer diagnosis, an interesting art competition highlighting these different reactions is underway.
Started by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, the 2008 Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition, is the third biennial competition for U.S. and Puerto Rico residents who have been diagnosed with cancer, their health care providers, family members, friends and caregivers who want to share their cancer journey through art.
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In the 2006 competition, entries ranged from an oil work depicting a bandana-covered woman boxing a punching bag entitled cancer and a simple photo of a woman enjoying the simple pleasure of floating on water.
Work can be submitted in one of several categories such as watercolor, photography, oil, acrylic, pastel or mixed media. Prizes are monetary donations to a cancer charity of the winners’ choice.
The winning entries, after being announced in New York City in the fall, will embark on a national tour to cancer centers and medical associations for display.
Deadline is June 30, 2008.

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