SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.
MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Most people can say they know someone who has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. Women everywhere face the fear of diagnosis every year as they have their annual mammograms and physician examinations. A new art exhibit at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, Ore., titled "Voices and Visions, Standing on the Bridge between Health and Disease," is making its first stop on a nationwide tour, and gives voice to those who have been touched by women's health, who may live in fear, or who are survivors of women's cancers.
Sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., the company that produced the Pink Glove Dance video, in partnership with Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, the exhibit will be on display from May 9 - 24 and then continue with exhibitions around the country.
The exhibit features more than 27 artists and 45 pieces of art. All the pieces have been produced by artists who have been dramatically affected by women's cancers.
"The art exhibit is an extension of our breast cancer awareness campaign with the goal of empowering those who live on that bridge between health and disease," said Sue MacInnes, Medline's chief marketing officer. "Similar to our message with the Pink Glove Dance, our hope with the art exhibit is to reach people in a creative and interesting way to get them engaged and talking about breast cancer."
The exhibit also features statements of women who have undergone breast or ovarian surgeries. Whether elective for prophylactic reasons, or recommended because of a positive diagnosis, women who undergo surgeries endure life changes, both physical and emotional.
In one way or another, all of the artists have been dramatically affected by women's cancers. Some are survivors; some have had family members with the disease and some are carriers of the BRCA1 gene linked to the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. One photographer, for example, had an 18-year-old cancer patient ask him to photograph her. Another male artist took care of his mother through multiple cancers, including ovarian. Several artists have sisters who had cancer, and others had mothers with the disease.
Caren Helene Rudman is an artist who works with mixed media, photography and writing. After learning she carried the BRCA1 gene, a hereditary increased risk for breast and ovarian cancers, her work began to delve into genetics. She has become part of a coalition of woman who are passionate about educating people on the risk of hereditary cancers and the power of taking control of our own bodies. Recently, she was invited to participate in a project, Heroes in the Fight Against Breast Cancer, where she and 14 other devoted women were honored by the governor of Illinois. She lives in the Chicago area with her family.
The exhibit takes place from May 9 to May 24 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, Ore. The hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm weekdays; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturdays; 6:00 pm until curtain on show nights. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with free health and wellness seminars held May 9, 16, 17 and 24 at 7:00 pm featuring renowned experts in health and medicine. Admission for the seminars is free but advance tickets are required and available at the Lakewood Center for the Arts box office, The Bank of Oswego and LO Adult Community Center. For more information, call 503-635-3901.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, Medline is focused on helping to improve lives. A natural extension of our corporate mission is to help save lives through the early detection of breast cancer (visit www.medline.com/breast-cancer-awareness for details). In the past six years, Medline has conducted an awareness campaign and donated more than $800,000 dollars to provide education and free mammograms to those in need and continues to make contributions every year.