Lilly Oncology on Canvas

On October 22, 2008, Regis and Joy Philbin hosted the third biennial Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition, presented by Eli Lilly and Company and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

Architect Nikko Shabtai, of Beverly Hills, CA, took home the “Best of Exhibition” trophy for his acrylic painting, "As I Am, Beautiful and Whole," which represents a woman who has undergone a mastectomy. In recognition of his great artistic achievement, $10,000 was awarded in his honor to the Cancer Schmancer Foundation, his charity of choice.

Shabtai’s inspiration for the piece stemmed from a family member who experienced a mastectomy and expressed that she, indeed, was “beautiful and whole.” "I find painting incredibly liberating and therapeutic," said Shabtai. "And I hope that this work offers a measure of hope to all who see it."

For complete details from the 2008 Oncology on Canvas Competition, please click here.

About Eli Lilly’s “Oncology on Canvas” Competition

The Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition was developed by Eli Lilly and Company in 2004 as a way to honor the journeys people embark upon when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.

The first day of a cancer diagnosis begins one of life's most profound journeys. The Lilly Oncology on CanvasSM Art Competition and Exhibition provides everyone affected by cancer—those who have been diagnosed with cancer, their health care providers, family members, friends and caregivers—the opportunity to express the life-affirming changes that give that journey meaning and to share their cancer journey through art.