(ARA) - Nearly 12 million cancer survivors live in the U.S. today, according to the American Cancer Society. In addition, there are millions more who love and care for them. The common thread that unites them is the fact that each person is on a cancer journey with a story to tell that can inspire others. "Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey" is a biennial art competition that invites individuals from the United States and Puerto Rico, 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 competition is presented by Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). Since the competition's inception in 2004, thousands of individuals have shared their journeys. Much of the submitted artwork has inspired thousands of people as it has traveled across the United States and Puerto Rico in exhibitions at cancer centers, hospitals and patient advocacy groups. "We are whole people, comprised of biological, spiritual, emotional and psychological parts," says Richard Payne, M.D., NCCS immediate past chair, and an internationally known expert in the areas of pain relief, care for those near death, oncology and neurology. "Oncology On Canvas (SM) recognizes this fact by providing anyone affected by cancer with a platform to express often unspoken emotions, resulting in artwork that moves and inspires." "If you or someone you care for has heard the three words, 'You have cancer,' then you know firsthand that cancer can change the lives of patients and everyone around them," says Newt Crenshaw, vice president, Lilly Oncology. "Lilly Oncology On Canvas has become an important way for cancer patients, oncologists, oncology nurses and so many others to share their stories of hope and despair, loss and survival, and countless other emotions." Winners in 24 categories are chosen by an independent panel of judges. Prizes consist of donations to cancer-related charities selected by the winners, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. For more information about Lilly Oncology On Canvas, including galleries of previous entries and a list of upcoming exhibitions visit www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com. To learn more about cancer survivorship tools and resources, visit the NCCS website at www.canceradvocacy.org.
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