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Cancer Institute Partners with Lux Center for the Arts for Week-Long Event

May 16 2012

LINCOLN, NEB — Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute is celebrating cancer survivors with a week-long event called Expressions of Art & Hope beginning Monday, June 11. Lux Center for the Arts is bringing a series of art classes to Saint Elizabeth where cancer survivors can gain healing, strength, gratitude and peace from the creative process of self-expression and reflection.

The first Sunday in June has been designated as National Cancer Survivors Day®. A cancer survivor is anyone living with cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. The National Cancer Institute reports that there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States and it is estimated that by 2020 there will be some 20 million people living with a history of cancer.

Major advances in cancer prevention, detection and treatment have resulted in a growing number of cancer survivors. However, the physical, financial and emotional hardships of cancer often persist after diagnosis and treatment. This free program is designed to give survivors the opportunity to explore their voice through artistic expression as well as connect and gain support from other survivors.

“Cancer survivors face each day with courage and dignity and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” says Mary Trauernicht RN, director of oncology at the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute. “We hope this program gives survivors the opportunity to become absorbed in their own creative process as they meet the challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.”

All cancer survivors are invited to join Saint Elizabeth for one or all of the art classes, which will be held June 11 – 15 from 6 - 8 p.m. Participants can learn about different styles of bookmaking, create a tile of personal significance, experiment with acrylic and watercolor paint and reflect on gratitude.

The Thursday night session is a continuation of a semi-annual retreat, Spiritual Pathways, which gives cancer survivors the opportunity to explore their spiritual needs with others who have a similar experience. Sister Elaine Herold, chaplain at Saint Elizabeth, will lead the group in creative writing while reflecting on gratitude. Participants can use the journal they created on Monday.

The program will conclude on Friday, June 22, with a Community Art Show where class participants can display the work created throughout the week. Family members of survivors - as well as community members - are also invited to attend the art show. In addition to the cancer survivors’ artwork on display, Saint Elizabeth will feature artwork from Lilly Oncology on Canvas, a traveling display of artwork created by individuals touched by cancer.

More information is available at Registration is available online or by calling 402-219-7000. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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About Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute
Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute in Lincoln, Neb., offers cancer services encompassing prevention, education, survivorship and palliative care programs. Focused on providing clinical excellence in a healing environment, the specialized team offers: infusion therapy, radiation therapy, cancer genetic counselor, nurse and survivorship navigators, support groups, educational seminars and a wide range of clinical trials. Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute’s new innovative services are offering cancer patients more support than ever before. 

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, founded more than 120 years ago, is a full-service, 260-bed nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Saint Elizabeth has been selected as a Top 100 Hospital® in the nation by Thomson Reuters five times and has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing since 2004. Saint Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community. Saint Elizabeth is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).