WHAT: The Hope Murals Project brings murals based on the inspirational art of cancer patients to 10 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico. Tampa will be the last stop of the 10-city tour. Cancer survivors and their loved ones, healthcare providers and members of the community are invited to come together to create the Tampa mural using a “paint by number” format, making it a permanent tribute and show of support for those touched by cancer.
The Tampa mural is based on a piece of art by Charlene Ada Schilk, a Trinity woman who lost her battle with breast cancer. It is called “ONE on Won.” The solo painted lady butterfly signifies the artist’s breast cancer journey. As she described it, “it began one December morning in 2001. One delayed diagnosis by a primary care doctor revealed advanced cancer. This was followed by one hospital, one surgeon, one breast gone and one year of recovery. One unsung hero, my husband, introduced new meaning to caregiver. One family stabled my emotions. One voice, one sound carried me through with the grace and love of one God.”
The media is invited to attend the event and take part in the painting. Schilk’s husband, Thomas, and daughter, Dana, will be available to speak to reporters.
The completed mural will be permanently installed at a location in Tampa at a later date.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 7, 4 – 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: International Plaza Food Court, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, Fla. 33607
CONTACT: For more information about the Hope Murals Project, please contact Lizette Robles at 813-745-1413 or Lizette.Robles@Moffitt.org.
About Lilly Oncology On Canvas
Helping people with cancer and those who care for them cope with the emotional impact of the disease was the motivation behind Lilly Oncology’s creation of the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition in 2004. The competition presenters—Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)—are proud to have helped more than 4,100 individuals share their stories through Lilly Oncology On Canvas.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.