Twist Out Cancer Presents: Brushes With Cancer- Pairing Artists and Survivors to Create for a Cause

Brushes With Cancer is an evening that celebrates survivor-ship and hope through art, music and storytelling.  Over the next few months, survivors will be asked to share their “Twist On Cancer,” (lessons learned, fighting strategies and new perspectives) with our online community of support. Their ‘twists’ will serve as inspiration for local and international artists to create unique pieces of art. The art will be auctioned online and in person at the Twist With An Artist Benefit taking place on April 17, 2013 in Chicago.

The Benefit
At the event, participating survivors will have the opportunity to share their Twist on Cancer, and the artists they inspire will discuss their creative processes and reveal their final works of art. All proceeds will go directly to the Twist community.

Inspirational stories of hope will be provided by

Jenna Benn, Founder of Twist Out Cancer

Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman’s Angels

Keynote Speaker

Ethan Zohn, Two Time Cancer Survivor and Winner of Survivor Africa

Music Provided by Palter Ego

Commentary provided by Anthony Ponce, General Assignment Reporter at NBC5

Call For Submissions
Twist Out Cancer is calling upon survivors to share their twist on cancer between now and February 28, 2013.
To submit your Twist On Cancer click here.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to showcase their art online and person. The art will be displayed and auctioned at Twist Out Cancer’s annual benefit taking place in Chicago on April 17, 2013. Proceeds from the auction will go toward furthering Twist Out Cancer’s mission.

If you are interested in participating as an artist please contact Jenna Benn, Founder of Twist Out Cancer at

How Do I Get Involved:
If you are interested in joining the Twist With An Artist Host Committee or are interested in donating goods/services please contact

There will be 4 host committee meetings between January and April. Please note that you do not need to be in Chicago to participate.


Tiny Twister Spotlight:Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman’s Angels

In the last year I have met some extraordinary Cancer survivors that all have their own unique “Twist on Cancer”.  Jonny Imerman is one of the most charismatic, dynamic, and inspirational survivors I have had the privilege of befriending.

Jonny is a 2x cancer survivor who started Imerman’s Angels, an organization that carefully matches a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers, such as spouses, parents, children, and friends, can also benefit from one-on-one connections with other caregivers and survivors. The service is free and available to anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any stage, any age, living anywhere in the world.

Pretty remarkable right?

Jonny is a force to be reckoned with! He has created a unique support system for survivors, caregivers and friends. He also has drawn considerable attention to the importance of devoting significant resources to delivering psychosocial support to those in need.

Jonny Imerman, not only showed me how to fight, but he has shown me how to live.  Jonny was at Hotel Prentice for the delivery of my first round of chemotherapy and he was there to celebrate with me as I was disconnected from the pump this past May. Jonny is not only my mentor and role model he is also a dear friend.

Check out Jonny’s “Twist on Cancer“.

My name is Jonny, I am a 2x young adult testicular cancer survivor and my TOC is a challenge that EACH and EVERY cancer survivor looks at their cancer experience with a TWIST 😉  What that means is that EACH one of us has lived through cancer, experienced the highs and lows, knows the good and the bad, the hard and the good days – and through this experience we have learned the system and discovered the cracks.  And there are always cracks.  We survivors need to view the system “with a twist,” isolate the cracks in the system, then DO something to fill these cracks and make the system better for those who fight after us!  Only then… ONLY THEN – will we make this cancer world a better place!  Who better than us to improve the system!!  It’s our duty- our obligation- our purpose.   That’s my twist 🙂  And I’m excited to befriend and work with SO many amazing survivors to get the job done!

To learn more about Imerman’s Angels

Jonny Imerman
Testicular Cancer Survivor (2x)IMERMAN ANGELS – Chief Mission Officer
1-on-1 Cancer SupportArm of Lance Armstrong F. / LIVESTRONG
O:  (312)  274-5529
400 W. Erie Street, Suite #405
Chicago, IL 60654