The Art of Survival - Oncology on Canvas

An incredibly meaningful event is scheduled for Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C., and it has nothing to do with new legislation, debates, or posturing. It does, however, have everything to do with the real meaning behind America's pharmaceutical business.

It's all about survival, and we're going to see a true celebration this week. Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey will be spotlighted Wednesday through Friday at Union Station. The program, an art competition and exhibition honoring the journeys of people diagnosed with cancer, has been around since 2004. The competition invites people who've been diagnosed with cancer -- along with their families, friends, caregivers, and health care providers -- to express, through art, their stories of survival.

Artwork by previous entrants hangs throughout Lilly, and the creations are strikingly moving and vivid. Without the need for words, they tell an incredible story. And on Wednesday, a variety of survivors will be honored, including the first Ellen Stovall Award, recognizing three decades of work by Ms. Stovall (who tirelessly has championed survivors -- both individually and during her tenure as the longest-serving leader of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship).

The program will include several speakers, including Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. The event will be a clear reminder about the importance of medical research and the resolve of survivors.