Brushes With Cancer Chicago
The Brushes with Cancer Chicago opening reception is Saturday, November 2, 2019
The Program

Artists are strategically matched with an inspiration – someone who has been touched by cancer, which includes survivors, previvors, caregivers and supporters. Over a period of 4-6 months, the artist will work with their inspiration to create a unique piece of artwork that is reflective of their journey with cancer. The program culminates in an evening of survivorship, hope and inspiration where the art is auctioned off.

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Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the 7th Annual Brushes with Cancer Chicago Art Exhibit and Gala at Moonlight Studios.

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Get Involved

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If you are interested in volunteering with Brushes with Cancer please reach out to Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer to learn more!

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Would you like to be one of our exclusive sponsors for the upcoming Brushes with Cancer Gala in Chicago? We would love to hear from you.

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The Live Auction

100% of the proceeds from art sales are reinvested into the Brushes with Cancer program. The program is intentionally built around the concept of paying it forward.

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Speakers And Entertainment
Anthony Ponce
Anthony Ponce
Veteran Chicago Journalist, Founder of the podcast Backseat Rider,long-time friend to Brushes with Cancer.
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Jenny Conlee-Drizos
Brushes with Cancer Artist, Breast Cancer Survivor, Organist Pianist and Member of The Decemberists.
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Jesse Palter
Jesse Palter
Sultry Jazz and Pop Singer, Detroit Native, Caregiver to Jenna during her cancer journey.
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David DaCosta
David DaCosta
Flamenco guitar afficionado.
DJ John Simmons
DJ John Simmons
Chicago based DJ, longtime friend of Twist Out Cancer.
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Jenna Benn Shersher
Founder and Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer
Loriana Hernandez-Aldama
Emmy award winning journalist, cancer survivor and founder of Armour Up.
Gudrun Wu Synder
Brushes with Cancer Chicago Chair, and Breast Cancer Survivor.
Mardi Kaplan
Brushes with Cancer Chicago Co-Chair and Breast Cancer Survivor.
Erin Green
Twist Out Cancer Executive Board Member and Creator of the Shawn Strong Award
The Participants



Jacqueline Carmody
Meg Frazier
Yossi Veissid
Sujata Gazder
Mignon Dupepe
David Turok
Jen Stumbaugh
John Stumbaugh
Elisha Apilado
Kevin Pullen
Dana Phipps
Jeffrey Guerrero
Michele Kellner
Cole Andersen
Felicia Olin
Jillian Hampshire
Gentry Woodward
Natalie (Shugailo) Dimitropoulos
Amber Kouba
Anna Reed
Ashley Damico
David Piper Jr.
Abel Arciniega
Jae Webb
Kenny Lapins
Taylor Lazzara
Queen L. Hibbler
Anna Feneis
Erika Vazzana
Madeline Schultz
Jenny Conlee
Stella Bora
Valerie Paige
Joey Tea
Jackie Hilmes
Pearl Plotkin
Erica Moore



Jamie Bitton
Helen Kornick
Daniella (Darren) Tannenwald
Tracy Aherns
Karen Tabascio
Rebecca Whitener
Susie Held
Leo Flores
Adriane Fink
Julie Kaschke Rashid
Lil Rel Howery
Rachel Reichblum
Lauren Keppel
Morgan Katz
Vanessa Hood
Angela Thedinga
Joseph LasCola
Analyse Winans
Alice Wasney
Lindsey Matt
Hillary Rikower
Mark Tyler Neil
Melissa Beck
Dana Stewart
Monica Garcia Norlander
Misty Lichter
Daniela Lakosilova
Megan Connolly
Marjorie Kerr
Nicole Kaiser
Tiffany Horstein
Ninah F Moore
Anne Agostinelli
Sharon Seeder
Amy Belluomini
Roey Kruvi
Dan Hindin

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The Team

Board Members


Andrew Edelston, Board Chair USA

Dan Hadad, Board Chair Canada

Sharon Marcushamer, Board Chair Canada

Alana Dugandzic, Past Board Chair USA

Emma Peck Block, Executive Board Member

Erin Green, Executive Board Member

Joshua Taustein, Executive Board Member

Joelle Bilow, Executive Board Member

Arlene Bonnet, Executive Board Member

Stephanie Plein, Executive Board Member

Iris Marreck, Advisory Board Member

August Spree, Advisory Board Member

Eryn Bizar, Advisory Board Member

Becky Galvez, Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Katz Margolis, Advisory Board Member

Rachel Kunkel, Advisory Board Member

Charles Shaw, Advisory Board Member

Jacqueline Carmody, Advisory Board Member

Jeffrey Guerrero, Advisory Board Member

Gena Khodos, Advisory Board Member

Event Chairs


Gudrun Snyder, Brushes with Cancer Co-Chair & Advisory Board Member

Mardi Kaplan, Brushes with Cancer Co-Chair & Advisory Board Member


Host Committee


Lauren Zaulda Ryner

Dana Phipps

Andrea Bresette

Rebecca Roin



Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and Executive Director

Amelia Hanrahan, Program Director

 Jacqueline Carmody, Art Therapist