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Our Mission

Twist Out Cancer provides psychosocial support to previvors, survivors & caregivers through creative arts programming which serves as a mechanism for healing.

Join us at the Opening Reception of our Brushes with Cancer Spring 2024 Exhibition

Join us at Writers Theater on Friday, April 6th for the opening of Brushes with Cancer! Tickets to the exhibition are now on sale. Please note we only have a limited tickets available as the demand is high!

The art exhibition will be on display at Writers Theater featuring 30 works of art inspired by individuals touched by cancer from April 8-12th. Following the closing on April 12th the exhibition will be moved to North Shore Congregation Israel where it will be on display from April 15-22nd. 

Private Tours Can be Arranged By Appointment.

Inquiries sent to August Spree at

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Live Music Presented by Imperial Boxmen at Brushes with Cancer Spring 2024!

We are excited to announce that Imperial Boxmen will be rocking out at the Brushes with Cancer Spring Art Exhibition opening at Writers Theater on April 6, 2024!

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Apply to participate in the Brushes with Cancer Program in partnership with Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami!

In the fall of 2024 the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center will present a stunning exhibition of 20+ works of art inspired by individuals touched by cancer. We are currently seeking artists to participate in the Brushes with Cancer program. The deadline to apply is the end of February. 

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Artist Suhani Amin's piece, "Backbone," inspired by Donna Dang.

Explore the 2023 Annual Report created by Liska + Associates
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Art Students at Wayne State University Participate in Twist Out Cancer's Licensed Brushes with Cancer Program

The program features 17 Artists from Wayne State’s Art, Art History, Art Education, and Art Therapy departments. This includes students, alumni, and staff artists who were matched with anyone touched by cancer – previvors, survivors, and caregivers – from around the country.


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Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
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The Impact of Brushes with Cancer

After 10 years and more than three dozen Brushes with Cancer programs, we continue to see evidence that the experience is impactful for both Artists and Inspirations. Connections over the past decade continue to be strong and our Brushes with Cancer program offers healing for anyone touched by cancer. Explore the connections made by Artists and Inspirations in 2022 in the Brushes with Cancer Impact Brochure 2022.

The Unexpected Intersections of 2022

Interested in Bringing Brushes with Cancer Licensed Programs to Your Work Place?
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Twist Out Cancer Launches a Brand New Program Called Twist Hearts for Children and Adults

Twist Hearts is an exciting new series within our Twistshop program that offers creative arts-based groups for children, teens, and adults to share, connect, and heal through exploring their experience of “Love” with their community.

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Brushes with Cancer Midwest was a Blast!
Check out some of the images by Eileen O


Check out our upcoming Twistshops!
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Check Out Some Of Our New Featured Podcasts!
Jenna and David Reflect on the Last 10 Years of Twist Out Cancer!
Jenna had the idea for Twist Out Cancer in the middle of her own journey with cancer!
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Mahwish Syed and Sheryl Ann Noday
Mahwish and Sheryl have so many similarities, it seems they were destined to meet.
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Kenny Lapins and Kristin Wenc
In this conversation, we get a unique glimpse at the inner workings of the Brushes with Cancer program.
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Featured Blog Posts
Evanston Pour’s Unique Twist On Gathering in Evanston, Illinois
Veteran Brushes with Cancer Artists Jen and John Stumbaugh love to entertain.
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From Breast Cancer to Beading: How Inspiration Abby Match is Raising Funds for Twist Out Cancer
Brushes with Cancer Inspiration Abby Match's breast cancer diagnosis was a one-two punch.
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How an Aunt’s Influence Inspired Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green to Create Cancer-curing Technology
Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green did not set out to make history as the first doctor to cure cancer using nanoparticles.
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Featured In The News & Media
Do The Twist: Jenna Benn Shersher, Ambitious Civil Rights Advocate
Sheridan Road Magazine
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Twist Hearts: Northbrook Junior High Mosaic Symbol of Healing
Twist Hearts
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Pentagram Design Turns Collaborations Between Artists and Inspirations into Brush Strokes Sweeping Across the Page
Pentagram Design
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Cancer Wellness: 10 Years of Twist Out Cancer Feature
Cancer Wellness
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Seen Magazine
Experiences With Cancer, Captured in Works of Art
Seen Magazine, January, 31, 2022
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GM Employees Honor Cancer Survivors and Caregivers in New Art Exhibit
Hour Detroit, August 17, 2020
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'Twist Out Cancer' Pairs Artists With Survivors
NBC5 Chicago, October 14, 2019
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Check Out Twist Out Cancer's Feature in The Lancet Haematology!
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Check Out The Brushes with Cancer Impact Report Designed by Liska and Associates
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When you share -
the world opens up”

Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer

Featured Collaborations from Recent Cities
Brushes With Cancer

Chicago 2020

Austin 2020

GM Design Center 2020

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