It would have been impossible (and possibly disconcerting) for anyone to have left the recent Brushes with Cancer event uninspired. In its second year, the event is the culmination of the intersection of the art and cancer communities. It is a celebration of survivorship and hope, pairing artists and survivors of cancer –along with caregivers—to create original works of art in a variety of mediums inspired by each survivor’s unique “twist” on cancer. Those mediums include visual arts, music and storytelling and featured talented and passionate artists highly skilled in their craft.
“Twist Out Cancer started from a desperate place- a lonely place and has blossomed into a movement that celebrates survivorship, creativity and hope,” stated Benn Shersher. ”
Twist Out Cancer helps individuals touched by cancer to address the unique emotional needs that accompany a cancer diagnosis. It provides a forum where anyone affected by cancer can share thoughts, experiences, stories, and insights. This allows for the exchange of encouragement and wisdom from one community member to another. Those touched by cancer are invited to create pages that distinguish their “twist” on cancer. This “twist” becomes a collection of videos, posts, songs, pictures, or other media gifted by loved ones and friends.
It was Benn Shersher’s drive and motivation that has made Twist Out Cancer so successful getting people involved. Jennifer Katz Margolis of the Brushes with Cancer host committee expressed being immediately struck by Benn Shersher’s compassion for people that she has shown through creating the organization.