PRESS RELEASE: TWIST OUT CANCER LAUNCHES FOURTH ANNUAL BRUSHES WITH CANCER EVENT, CONNECTING THOSE TOUCHED BY CANCER WITH ARTISTS TO CREATE FOR A CAUSE ON MAY 13, 2016

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TO: ASSIGNMENT EDITORS, COMMUNITY    CALENDARS

Contact: Jenna Benn Shersher , Founder and Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer

 jenna@twistoutcancer.org

 TWIST OUT CANCER LAUNCHES FOURTH ANNUAL BRUSHES WITH CANCER EVENT, CONNECTING THOSE TOUCHED BY CANCER WITH ARTISTS TO CREATE FOR A CAUSE ON MAY 13, 2016

February 15, 2016, Chicago, Illinois….On Friday, May 13th, 2016, Twist Out Cancer will host the Fourth Annual Brushes with Cancer Exhibition and Gala at Revel Fulton Market, located at 1215 W. Fulton Market.  Twist Out Cancer is a non-profit charitable organization that offers a platform for survivors, pre-vivers and caregivers of cancer to connect, support each other and heal. The signature event, Brushes with Cancer is a four month program that matches those touched by cancer with artists to create a unique piece of artwork reflected of their journey with cancer.  The artwork will be exhibited and put up for auction at the event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Twist Out Cancer’s mission.

This year the gala will feature speakers Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer and Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman Angels. Music will be provided by grammy nominated composer, producer and pianist Sam Barsh, jazz vocalist Jesse Palter, and electric violinist Dr. Draw. DJ John Simmons will be spinning throughout the night.

Starting at 6:00 pm, VIP guests will attend a private reception with the program’s participating artists and subjects. Dinner will be provided by Limelight Catering and Entertaining Company.

Due to the success of Brushes with Cancer over the last four years, the program was able to successfully launch in Ann Arbor and Toronto.  If you are interested in participating in the program in one of our sister cities please contact Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer.

Established in 2011 as a non-profit organization, Twist Out Cancer (TOC) 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, TOC has touched over 63,000 through its programs and events. A labor of love, TOC is completely volunteer-led, boasting a network of over 200 active volunteers serving as ambassadors in Chicago, Detroit, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Montreal.

What: Brushes with Cancer

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016.

Time:  6:00 -12:00 PM

Location:Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, Illinois.

Tickets:  Tickets are $150 for VIP and $100 for General Admission.  Tickets will be available for purchase online until May 12th at 5:00 pm.

Tickets include open bar, dinner, and the program. To purchase tickets online visit our website.

To learn more about supporting the program, exhibition and gala  please take a look at our sponsorship packages.

For media inquiries please contact Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and Executive Director  of Twist Out Cancer.

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Press Release:Twist Out Cancer Presents: Brushes with Cancer- Pairing Artists with Survivors and Caregivers to Create for a Cause

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer
TO: Assignment Editors, Planning Editors, Community Calendars
Twist Out Cancer Presents: Brushes with Cancer- Pairing Artists with Survivors and Caregivers to Create for a Cause
Chicago, IL, March 10, 2014…. On April 10, 2014, Twist Out Cancer will launch “Brushes with Cancer- Pairing Artists with Survivors and Caregivers  to Create for a Cause.” The fundraiser will feature original works of art using a variety of media inspired by survivor and caregivers’ unique “twists on cancer.” The exhibition will focus on the stories of 25 cancer survivors and caregivers  who have been matched with 25 artists from across the country.
Brushes with Cancer will take place at Chez located at 247 E. Ontario Street, in Chicago. Chez, formerly known as the the infamous Chez Paree nightclub, occupied the building from the 1930s through the 1950s. The club hosted many of the world’s best entertainers, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole.  Join us at this contemporary loft with a rich history, while creating a history of our own! The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a keynote address from celebrity cancer survivor and NY Times Columnist, Suleika Jaoud. Anthony Ponce, General Assignment Reporter at NBC5 will be the event’s emcee, and  DJ John Simmons will be spinning the night away! A spoken word tribute by Caroline Rothstein and Ruth Magraff will also be on the night’s agenda. Additional speeches will be made by two time cancer survivor Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman Angels, Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer and Dan Hadad,-Aviad, Twist Out Cancer’s Board Chair. Following the speeches the artwork will be up for auction. All proceeds from the benefit will go towards furthering Twist Out Cancer’s mission.
Twist Out Cancer is a support community with a Twist. Founded by 32-year-old Grey Zone Lymphoma cancer survivorJenna Benn Shersher,Twist Out Cancer, an online support community that leverages social media to help cancer survivors and their loved ones combat the feelings of isolation, loneliness and helplessness that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Patients who cannot be at the event physically will have their “twists” dedicated and shared throughout the evening, in hopes of spreading awareness of Twist Out Cancers mission.
Twist Out Cancer is working to expand its reach, hoping to provide psychosocial support to an ever-larger community of cancer patients and their supporters in their times of need
Date:  April 10, 2014
Time:  5:30 VIP Reception, 6:30 General Admission.
VIP tickets are available for $75.00 which includes a private meet and greet with the artists and survivors.
Location: Chez, 247 E. Ontario, 2nd Floor Chicago, Illinois, 60610
Tickets: $75.00 VIP, $50.00 General Admission. Please note that prices will increase on March 14, 2014.

 

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets please visit Brushes with Cancer.
For media inquiries please contact Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer or Rebekah Marquez, Twist Out Cancer Intern.
For inquiries related to social media please contact Daniel Fricker, Twist Out Cancer Social Media Liason.
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Join TOC on April 17th: Making Space for Change- Health Heroes

On Tuesday April 17th at 7:00 PM, Jewish United Fund, JCC Sidney N. Shure Kehilla, and the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders. will host “Making Space for Change – Health Heroes: Promoting Social Change in the Area of Healthy Living.

Featuring:

Jonny Imerman, Imerman Angels

Matt Matros, Protein Bar
Jenna Benn, Twist Out Cancer
Jessica Fisher, Dinners around the Table, JCC PresenTense Chicago Fellow
Alan Genendar, Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders

Join us for a thought-provoking night focusing on healthy lifestyles!

Passionate speakers will provide fast-paced overviews of their ventures in healthy living. Afterwards, engage the speakers on a more in-depth level.

RSVP by emailing kehilla@gojcc.org by April 16. $10 advance/$15 door. Includes one drink ticket and healthy appetizers.

Special thanks to JCC PresenTense Chicago.

On Track for a Cure

On Sunday October 9, 2011- over 400 survivors and their loved ones attended UCLA’s On Track for a Cure (www.ontrackforacure.org) at UCLA’s Drake Stadium to celebrate survivorship and the importance of living life in spite of Cancer.

On Track for a Cure was conceptualized and created by Dr. Pinter Brown and Dr. Timerman, two leading Lymphoma specialists that not only treat patients but are responsible for developing novel immuntherapeutic approaches for Lymphoma and other related Cancer’s at UCLa’s Medical Center. This event aimed and succeeded  in creating a sense of community amongst survivors and supporters, and helped to raise money and awareness for Lymphoma Research.

Following Dr. Pinter Brown and Dr. Timmerman’s keynote address, Michael C. Hall, star of the hit television show Dexter, led the survivors and their loved one’s in a victory lap around Drake Stadium.  Following the walk, Jesse Palter and the Alter Ego (www.palterego.com) graced the stage with incredible energy and talent.  I concluded the event by sharing my story and leading the group in the twist.

It was a day of celebration, and most importantly a day filled with hope.

It was a true privilege to be apart of this event and I look forward to continuing to support  the efforts of the talented UCLA staff and their inspirational community of survivors.

A special thanks to Steve Bartolucci and Jonny Imerman for connecting the dots and making this happen.

And to the Tiny Twisters- thank you for moving with me.

 

Michael C. Hall Leading the Pack!

 

 

Rockstar Survivor Kristin Brown

The Motley Crew- TJ, Adam Siegal, Jesse Palter and Sam Barsh