INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Quilts are made for dozens of reasons – for warmth, decoration and remembrance – but for a college professor from Utah, quilting became a form of healing. It was something Judy Elsley, Ph.D., had enjoyed doing for years, but it took on new meaning after she heard these words, “You have breast cancer.” In fact, it helped bring back normalcy to a life that had been uprooted by her diagnosis, a cancer journey she conveyed in a mixed media artwork entitled “Chemo,” which took first prize among the more than 500 submissions to the fifth Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.
Oncology On Canvas, presented by Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), invites people from the United States and Puerto Rico who have been touched by cancer to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning. Winners’ prizes consist of donations made in their names to the cancer-related charities of their choice. Since Lilly Oncology created the competition in 2004, more than 4,000 individuals have submitted entries.
“A cancer diagnosis changes everything, not only for patients, but also for those closest to them,” said Newt Crenshaw, vice president, Lilly Oncology. “Since 2004, Lilly Oncology On Canvas has been the canvas upon which so many moving cancer journeys have been shared by patients, family members, friends, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Lilly Oncology is honored to present this competition alongside the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.”