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AWARDS FOR ANNE MAXWELL (article first published : 2006-11-5)

Dr Anne Maxwell, an oncologist from Durban, has won two awards in the international 2006 Lilly Oncology on Canvas art competition. Her oil painting entitled The Long Soak won best in category for healthcare providers as well as best participant entry.

The Lilly Oncology on Canvas winners were announced at the Royal College of Art in London where Dr Maxwell received her prize and certificate from HRH The Duke of Gloucester (first cousin to HM Queen Elizabeth II). Dr Maxwell has been awarded 1,000 Euros to be donated to a cancer charity of her choice. She has chosen CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa) in Durban as the recipient of her donation.

“Patients going for radiotherapy are not able to wash properly for the duration of the therapy so as to ensure that markings on their bodies are kept. Once the course of therapy is finished, the one thing that patients can’t wait for is the first bath - hence the long soak!” says Dr Maxwell. “I am very excited about having won these two categories and think this competition highlights a new creative direction whereby patients and health care practitioners can express their cancer journeys. For me, painting is a joyful experience,” she says.

In honour of the journeys travelled by the millions of people with cancer worldwide, Lilly runs the Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey International Art Competition and Exhibition globally every two years. This year the competition invited people diagnosed with any type of cancer, their families and friends, cancer advocates, healthcare providers, as well as artists and art students to express, through art and in narrative, their own cancer journeys.

The 2006 Lilly Oncology on Canvas competition had a 500 percent increase in entries over the inaugural competition. In 2004, more than 400 entries were received including 108 entries from Mexico, 59 from the US and 45 entries from Hungary. The 2006 competition yielded more than 2,000 entries, including 400 entries from Mexico, 250 from Hungary, 130 from Venezuela and 92 from South Africa. If the artwork were laid end to end in a straight line, they would span the length of 14 rugby fields. This rich and enduring collection of artwork will travel around the world throughout 2007 and will continue to touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

“Lilly Oncology on Canvas brings both ourselves and the participants closer to the heart of the cancer journey, enabling those who view the exhibit to experience the range of emotions that cancer survivors and care givers experience, while at the same time finding hope in their inspirational artworks,” says Jacques Blaauw, Marketing Manager for Lilly South Africa.




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