Recently it was "Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week" at UCI Medical Center in Orange. I was asked to create a silk banner that people could help paint over three afternoons. The idea was to draw people in with something creative and fun while they learned about facts and resources for young people with cancer. The event was produced by my friend Mindy Inselberg who works at UCI Med Center.
The text and image of young people in victory stance was the logo I was given to use as a basis to create the banner for people to paint.
Doctors, nurses, orderlies, security guards, office workers, patients, people visiting patients and all manner of other individuals came and smiled and painted. I was met with so much enthusiasm that everyone finished the banner before the end of the third day, so I whipped out a couple more pieces for participants to paint, as seen in the last photo. In the background of that picture you see the finished banner. I'm told it will eventually hang in the cancer center at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
For more information on resources for cancer patients aged 15 to 39, please check out www.seventyk.org.