Brushes with Cancer Midwest Region
November 19, 2022: The Brushes With Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition & Celebration
In person & virtually. WNDR Museum, Chicago, Illinois
The Program

Brushes with Cancer is a program of Twist Out Cancer that strategically matches artists with individuals touched by cancer (inspirations). Over a period of 6 months, the artist and inspirations work together to build a relationship built on mutual understanding and trust. The artist creates a unique work of art that is reflective of the inspiration’s journey with cancer. The program culminates in a virtual event that celebrates survivorship, and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

Our Participants


Kenny Lapins

Lombardo Family

Grace Fauls Lombardo

Jill Marceda Spruiell

Erin Kiley

Holli Davidove

Randi Venema

Mary Jenkins

Zaneta Smith

Michaela Hernandez

Heather Rath Brown

Angela Malpedo

Talaya Dendy

Ambreen Maan

Emerson deCordova

Toni Ashley McLaughlin

Cathy Reilly

Lauren Lopriore

Brittany Long

Lisa Weier

Megan Day

Maria Kouns

Jemma Cabral

Marie Wynn

Carol Hutchins

Laura Gronda

Laura Hendricks

Nicole Houlihan

Clarese Ornstein

Anuja Deo

Mahwish Syed


Kristin Wenc

Mignon Dupepe

Danielle Rich

John Stumbaugh

Jeff Froggett

Bari Fleischer

Shira-Lee Shalit

Kate Van Doren

Curt Hamilton

Kathryn Tubbs

Anna Feneis

Deanna Mclaughlin

Bettina Reiser

Jeff Mendenhall

Callie Cullinan

Magdalena Cuevas

Jeannine Baldomero

Michele Kellner

Chris Geier

Emma Lyons

Theresa Bond

Xia Laniel

Peri Goodman

Rebecca Roin

Annie Arnold

Jackie Carmody

Stacy Herbert

Mark Swimmer

Ryan Miller

Jason Feldman

Sheryl Ann Noday

Thank you for celebrating survivorship, healing, and hope!

Thank you for supporting

Brushes with Cancer Midwest 2022

Sponsored by Twist Out Cancer

Art Exhibit & Celebration

The sold out event was a success!

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Interested In Becoming A Sponsor?

Would you like to be one of our exclusive sponsors for the upcoming Brushes with Cancer program? Check out our Brushes with Cancer Sponsorship Brochure or reach out to August Spree for details.


Purchase Sponsorship
Brushes with Cancer Honorees
Dr. Katherine Heiden
Endocrine Surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, Brushes with Cancer Honoree
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Wade Miquelon, CEO of Joann Fabric
President and CEO of Joann, Brushes with Cancer Honoree
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Brushes with Cancer Leadership
Gudrun Wu Snyder
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Co-Chair, Founder of Moon Rabbit Acupuncture
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Joelle Bilow
Joelle Bilow
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Co-Chair & Artist
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Jenna Benn Shersher
Twist Out Cancer Founder and CEO
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Brushes with Cancer Entertainment
Master of Ceremonies and Grammy Nominated Musician
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DJ John Simmons
Chicago-based DJ and Longtime Friend of Twist Out Cancer
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Soul Message Band
A soulful and infectious style crafted around classic organ grooves, and rooted in the tradition of great Hammond B3 organists like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, and “Groove” Holmes
Featured Program Alumni Artists
Perry Milou
Perry Milou
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Michael Leavy
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Ali Williams
Ali Williams
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The Team

Board Members

Jenna Benn Shersher- Founder, CEO and Board President

Andrew Edelston- Board Chair

Emma Peck Block- Secretary

Dr. Sharon Arffa- Executive Board Member

Dan Hadad-Aviad- Executive Board Member

August Spree- Executive Board Member

Joelle Goldman- Executive Board Member

Joshua Taustein- Executive Board Member

Stephanie Plein- Executive Board Member

Erin Green Johnson- Executive Board Member

Arlene Bonnet- Executive Board Member

Iris Marreck- Executive Board Member

Dr. Christian Squillante-Executive Board Member

Jon Goldberg- Executive Board Member

Howard Aaron-Executive Board Member

Jennifer L. Katz Margolis- Executive Board Member

Cynthia Beck- Executive Board Member

Danny Glick- Executive Board Member

Jacqueline Carmody- Advisory Board Member

Thomas Croce- Advisory Board Member

Gudrun Wu Synder- Advisory Board Member

Jeffrey Guerrero- Advisory Board Member

Dr. Martin Hogan- Advisory Board Member

Mardi Kaplan- Advisory Board Member

Kimberly Kass- Advisory Board Member

Anna Feneis- Advisory Board Member

Ella Hawk- Advisory Board Member

Kenny Lapins- Advisory Board Member

Kara Thomas- Advisory Board Member

Bari Murphy- Advisory Board Member

Shelby Zitelman- Advisory Board Member

Tanya Kertsman- Advisory Board Member






Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO

Amelia Hanrahan, COO

Joshua Taustein, Director of Marketing and Communications

August Spree, Director of Programming

Ana Gordon, Clinical Director

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist

Lindsay Patton, Director of Digital Strategy

Jenna Koch, Director of Social Media

Host Committee

Twist Out Cancer acknowledges the dynamic Host Committee that works to make the program possible and the unique event a true celebration of life!

Joelle Bilow

Gudrun Wu Snyder

Erin Johnson

Bari Murphy

Cynthia Beck

Josh Taustein

Mardi Kaplan

Dr. Marty Hogan