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3rd Annual Brushes With Cancer In Chicago To Benefit Twist Out Cancer

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From Brushes With Cancer 2014 (Photo Credit: AskMissA.com)

Twist Out Cancer presents Brushes with Cancer on February 21, 2015 at Chez. Now in its third year, the signature event features an art exhibition of a four-month experience where artists and cancer survivors are matched together to reflect the journey of cancer.

Brushes with Cancer is an evening that celebrates survivorship and hope through art, music and storytelling. Survivors are asked to share their “Twist On Cancer,” (lessons learned, fighting strategies and new perspectives) with the organization’s online community of support. Their ‘twists’ serve as inspiration for local and international artists to create unique pieces of art. The event will feature an auction of the artwork with proceeds benefiting the mission of Twist Out Cancer.

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Cancer survivor, Hector Nunez, posing with his portrait at Brushes with Cancer 2014 (Photo credit: Just Nee Photography)

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. Since its inception, Twist Out Cancer has touched over 63,000 people through its programs and events. The organization is completely volunteer-led with a network of over 200 active volunteers serving as ambassadors in Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, and Montreal.

The VIP Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m, featuring a musical performance by the Plotkin Project and a dance performance by Jenna Stworzyjanek and Jonathan Dyer. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a short program, led by returning emcee Anthony Ponce, NBC 5 Chicago Reporter. The program will feature speakers, including words from Twist Out Cancer founder Jenna Benn Shersher, as well as a  Musical Performance by Aryk Crowder and Jenna Stworzyjanek and Jonathan Dyer will return to teach a dance lesson.

Guests will enjoy appetizers and an open bar. DJ John Simmons will serve as the musical entertainment for the evening. Also, the famed hula hoop and twist contest will return again! Read more about the significance of twisting here.

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Brushes with Cancer 2014 (Photo credit: Just Nee Photography)

For more information visit www.twistoutcancer.org.

WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight

247 E. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611
Ph. 312-255-0288

VIP: $150 (includes VIP reception with artists, survivors and caregivers, private bar and lounge; first and last bids on artwork featured in the auction; program, appetizers and open bar)

General Admission: $100 (includes program, art auction, appetizers and open bar)

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door – prices at the door are $150.

Please click here to purchase tickets. Online ticket sales are open until February 20th at 5 p.m.

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