Oncology on Canvas

"The pictures are so inspiring because it's actual patients."

If you've ever fought the battle against cancer, you've taken a ride on that emotional roller coaster.

"They go through the process of healing, recovery, pain, all the things they've gone through, the complete range of emotions.”

Five years ago Lilly Oncology found a way to give cancer survivors a way to let those emotions out while also showing their artistic side. It started with 10 paintings and is now up to 2000.

This is oncology on canvas. People are usually exposed to the world of serious art when they visit a museum, and this exhibit at the visual arts center in downtown Panama City is no different.

Cancer is serious business, and not just for the person whose been diagnosed. Fighting cancer is not just a single battle. It's a battle that is conducted by everyone in your family.

Local oncologist Dr. John Nanfro was instrumental in getting this art exhibit to our area, along with the Tommy Hamm Senior Cancer Center.

“I've seen it in New York, Chicago, and to have it come to panama city is just emotionally overwhelming when you watch your patients looking at them you just see this glow in their eyes and just how they are, it just makes them feel like, I got through that, I'm a survivor.”

Every single one of these pieces exhibited here are cancer patients, cancer survivors, and that's the way this particular exhibit is designed to bring hope and optimism to people that have cancer and have dealt with it, family members who are dealing with it on behalf of a loved one.

Several of the pieces are by female physicians who have gone through cancer themselves.

"So it sort of tells you that we are all one, cancer affects everyone and we're no different and no matter what personal strength we think we have, cancer can bring us to our knees and then we recover and cancer gives us a greater perspective on life to make us live life to the fullest."

Oncology On Canvas
Visual Arts Center of
Northwest Florida

Wednesday - Saturday
10am - 5pm

Oncology on Canvas will be at the visual arts center through this Saturday. The exhibit is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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