Select Art Pieces from Wayne State University’s Brushes with Cancer Program Will Be on Display at Henry Ford Cancer in Detroit

June 28, 2023, Detroit –Twist Out Cancer, an international non-profit charitable organization that provides psychosocial support to individuals touched by cancer through creative arts programming, announced that select art pieces from its recent licensed Brushes With Cancer program at Wayne State University (WSU) are now on display in the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion at Henry Ford Cancer, 2800 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit. The Brushes With Cancer program at WSU featured 17 Artists from its Art, Art History, Art Education, and Art Therapy departments, who were matched with anyone touched by cancer – previvors, survivors, and caregivers – from around the country. After getting to know each other, each artist created a unique piece of artwork that represented their Inspiration’s personal journey with cancer. There was an opening night reception, followed by a month-long exhibition at Wayne State’s Art Department Gallery. All of the art pieces created for the Wayne State University’s Brushes With Cancer program are available to view here. “The licensed Brushes with Cancer program at Wayne State University was a beautiful way to continue our programming in the Detroit area. It was a heartwarming experience to see the student artists connect with their Inspirations and show them how they interpreted their personal journey with cancer through a unique piece of artwork,” said August Spree, Director of Programs for Twist Out Cancer. “We are grateful to Henry Ford Cancer for providing an opportunity for people to see some of these art pieces and learn how our Brushes With Cancer program provides a moment of healing to those that are part of our program.” The following 11 art pieces will be on view at the Henry Ford Cancer. Next to each will be statements by the Inspiration and Artist along with a QR Code to purchase it.


A Different Place

Beauty in Lime



● From Cancer, She Grew


● Future Memories

● Hour by Hour – Sonya in 4 Acts

● To Scale Through the Rampage with a Lifesaver

● Paradise is a State of Mind


The Brushes with Cancer program is a unique celebration that pairs accomplished Artists with Inspirations, who have been touched by cancer as previvors, survivors, or caregivers. As the Inspirations share their twist on cancer – stories, feelings, and experiences – the artists create a unique work of art that represents their personal journey with cancer. The unique artwork from recent Brushes With Cancer programs can be seen here, Art from WSU’s Brushes With Cancer Program Will be on Display at Henry Ford Cancer.  In 2023, there are two other Brushes With Cancer programs already in progress. This includes a licensed program with the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and the Brushes With Cancer program in the Midwest Region, which features 36 Inspirations and 36 Artists from 14 states and six countries. If you would like to bring Brushes with Cancer to your region or city, or if you have any questions on corporate partnerships and licensed programs, please send an email to


About Twist Out Cancer Established in 2011 as a non-profit organization, Twist Out Cancer offers the platform, tools and community – both online and offline – for anyone touched by cancer to feel connected to a community, and for many to take action. Twist Out Cancer was founded on the principle that when you share, the world opens up. Since its inception, the organization has touched over 240,000 people around the world through its programs and events. A labor of love, Twist Out Cancer is a volunteer-led organization boasting a network of over 200 active volunteers serving as ambassadors in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Austin, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Montreal. More information is available at

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Brushes with Cancer Midwest 2022

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 inspiration work together to form 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 an event that celebrates survivorship, and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

The Brushes with Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition & Celebration will take place on November 19, 2022 at WNDR Museum, Chicago, IL with a virtual option for those celebrating from home.

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Twist Out Cancer + Stupid Cancer

Join Twist Out Cancer & Stupid Cancer for an evening of connection, art making, and story telling! Thursday, March 3rd 6:30 PM CST/ 7:30 EST – 7:30 CST/ 8:30 EST.

The first 10 to register before Thursday, February 24 will receive a Stupid Cancer journal!

Stupid Cancer helps empower everyone affected by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer by ending isolation and building community. We serve all members of the AYA community, including patients and survivors ages 15-39, caregivers, healthcare professionals, non-profit professionals and anyone else involved in their care. As the most underserved patient population by age, AYAs experience challenges that other patients don’t, such as social isolation, loss of independence, financial toxicity, dating & relationships, fertility and more. We connect AYAs to age appropriate programs & resources to help them Get Busy Living and Make Cancer Suck Less. Visit to learn more.

More information to come!

Twist Out Cancer + The Breast Cancer Art Project

Join Twist Out Cancer and The Breast Cancer Art Project for a collaborative Twistshop program on Sunday 01/09/22 12:00 PM CST/ 1:00 PM EST/ 5:00PM GMT
“Introduction Into Using Therapeutic Art Making within the Cancer Experience”

Jacqueline Carmody LCPC, ATR-BC will lead the group in exploring how you can utilize therapeutic art making individually, in a group setting, and with a professional. Resources on how to create your own “Creative Arts Tool Kit” will be provided, as well as an immersive therapeutic art making activity.

The Breast Cancer Art Project is an online platform for anyone affected by breast cancer to express themselves through the power of art and creativity. It aims to support emotional healing from breast cancer, reduce feelings of isolation, and improve understanding, and hopefully care and provision, around the psychological impacts of the disease. At its core is inclusivity – all art forms are welcome, from anywhere in the world, any stage of diagnosis or recovery (as well as those affected indirectly such as family and friends), women and men, and crucially any level of skill, from amateurs through to professional artists. All the art sits side by side, it is not judged, and it costs nothing to submit. You can see the artwork that’s been submitted and follow us at, and on Twitter (@artbreastcancer), Facebook (/artbreastcancer) and Instagram @breastcancerartproject

Any questions, please contact
Jackie Carmody : jacqueline@twistoutcancer
Adriana Ford