INDIANAPOLIS, May 29 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE / — Katherine Wilson was young and spirited, living her life every day as if it would be her last. She pursued higher education and traveled. She celebrated often with family and friends. Unfortunately, a lung cancer diagnosis ended Katherine’s life much too quickly at the age of 27 in 2005.
Katherine was an inspiration to all those who knew her. And thanks to the Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition, her legacy continues. “This is Not a Dress Rehearsal,” a photograph taken by Katherine’s mother Anne in 2000 when Katherine was first diagnosed with lung cancer, won Best of the United States in the 2006 Oncology on Canvas competition. The photo shows a happy pair — Katherine and her father — waving their hats from the front steps of their home and revealing their bald heads, Katherine’s as a result of chemotherapy, and her father’s as a result of his shaving his head to support his daughter.
“Katherine was very fond of saying that ‘life is not a dress rehearsal,'” said Anne Wilson. “Katherine proved that she would not let this disease negatively impact the rest of her life. She always felt that life was for living and you only had one chance at it. The photograph shows how much she believed that — even in those early days after learning about her diagnosis.”
Eli Lilly and Company, in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, has launched the 2008 Oncology on Canvas competition and is accepting entries now until June 30, 2008. An independent panel of judges will select 24 winning entries and prizes will be awarded to the winners’ cancer charities of choice.
Original works of art will be accepted in six categories: oil; watercolor; acrylic; photography; pastel; and mixed media (any other type of one-dimensional art). They must be accompanied by a narrative that explains what gives the cancer journey meaning. You do not have to be an artist or even a person diagnosed with cancer. Anyone affected by cancer can enter, be he/she a person diagnosed with cancer; health care professional (e.g., doctor, nurse, pharmacist, lab technician, etc.); or family member, friend or caregiver. The art competition, started in 2004 by Lilly, honors the journeys that people take when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. Since its inception, the competition has traveled the world, offering inspiration and hope to thousands of people affected by cancer.
“Oncology on Canvas gives everyone — doctors, patients, family, and friends — the chance to view cancer in entirely new ways, ones that offer opportunities for understanding, healing and hope,” said Dr. Richard Gaynor, vice president of cancer research at Lilly.
For more information on how to enter the 2008 Lilly Oncology on Canvas competition and to receive a participant pack, call (800) 734-4131 or visit http://www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com to download an entry form and competition rules.