Vol 23, No 1 (2016)

Cover Page

Plant a seed. Hold a hand.

Painting by a person diagnosed with cancer, British Columbia

Cancer led me to paint a picture which reflects the cells as circles. The blue circle represents the water’s healing effects through the majesty of a nearby river drawing me nearer. The yellow daisy is my lifeline to nature. The largest circle portrays the cancer cell which consumed my body, mind and spirit. Small dots inside the cancer cell reflect the constant battle raging between cancerous and healthy cells. The orange circle reminds me of treatments and side effects including TOTAL loss of hair and energy. The Scots pine reflects 36,000 seedlings planted by my husband and family on the Canadian prairies. Their growth created HOPE for the future. The child’s hand holds the love of grandchildren who lifted my spirits higher than the sky.

The painting on the cover of this issue is titled “Plant a seed. Hold a hand.” and is by a person diagnosed with cancer from the 2014 Lilly Oncology On Canvas Canada art competition.

Oncology On CanvasSM is an art competition and exhibition that honours the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. This biennial competition invites individuals 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.

Oncology On Canvas was started in 2004 by Lilly Oncology to help address a great, unmet need in cancer care—a need that goes beyond medicine—to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional toll of the disease. Since 2004, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) has been the co-presenter of the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition for US and Puerto Rico residents.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada launched in 2014. Visit www.lillyocc.com to learn more about the competition. Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada is presented in partnership with the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology and the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network.

Artwork from the Canadian competition is available for viewing at www.lillyocc.com. Artwork from the US competition is available for viewing at www.lillyoncologyoncanvas.com.