Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 20, 2012) – As part of a national month honoring cancer survivors, the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold a special reception on June 28 featuring the artworks of cancer survivors.
Lilly Oncology On Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis, will be on display during an 4-6 p.m. reception in the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center. Speakers, including local cancer survivors, will also share their stories during the event.
“We have many cancer survivors in our community and even among our staff at the Hospital who have inspiring stories to tell,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “This is an opportunity for them to connect and share these experiences with other cancer survivors, friends and family. We invite the community to attend and be part of this very moving event.’’
June is National Cancer Survivors Month, a time when many hospitals and cancer support organizations hold events in solidarity with America’s more than 12 million cancer survivors. This time of recognition provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way. A 'survivor' is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life," according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.
The art exhibit, which tours nationwide, showcases select pieces of art from the 2011 Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition. Themes range from fear and hope, to loss and survival, to isolation and the embrace of family and friends.
Launched in 2004, the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition invites people from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, who are 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. Winners’ prizes consist of donations made to the cancer-related charities of their choice. Art from the competition tours hospitals, cancer centers and cancer advocacy group events.
Photo Caption: From Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition, best oil painting by a person diagnosed with cancer. Pennsylvania.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org