Midwest Region Live Event
The Brushes With Cancer Midwest Celebratory Event: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Artwork, storytelling and entertainment available to you all in the comfort of your own home!
In-Person Art Exhibits & Celebrations will also be hosted in Chicago & Detroit. Stay tuned for details!

The Program

Brushes with Cancer is a program of Twist Out Cancer that strategically matches artists with individuals touched by cancer (inspirations). Over a period of 6 months, the artist and inspirations work together to build a relationship built on mutual understanding and trust. The artist creates a unique work of art that is reflective of the inspiration’s journey with cancer. The program culminates in a virtual event that celebrates survivorship, and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

The Participants


Arielle Prichard

Anna Warner-Mayes

Marisa Kimmel

David Richman

Sophia Bamiatzis

Jackie Herigodt

Catie Glossman

Linda Mariano

Christina Paniccia

Soraya Fata

Noah Plotkin

Kandis Draw

Nicole Cyphert

Vanessa Slavich

Jae Green

Kirsten Johnson

Anuja Deo

Dr. Marjorie Newman

Sveta Desai

Jennifer Gardner

Leah Jacoby

Christine Jon’el

Cecelia Strine

Kristin Meekhof

Flora Migyanka

Lindsey Melnyk

Joe Bullock

Bryan Hawkinson

Dr. Shara Cohen

Eyal Schechter

Tulsi Chikhal 

Tammy Cedo

Maria Fischer

Pam Oliver

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Ruth Durschlag

Michele Kellner

Kate Lollio

Scott Klimek

Janice Zeuch

Jeff Guerrero

Micki Buksar-Cecil

Kara Thomas

Tammy Campbell

Shefali Khanna

Mignon Dupepe

Andrea Picard

Callie Cullinan

Kenny Lapins

Joelle Goldman

Thomas Pyrzewski

PC Elliott

Annie Arnold

Basil Zaviski

Ben Moore

Yael Simmons

Patricia L. Colmenero

Tristan Slade

Jeffrey Frogget

Ashley Carlson

Joey Tea

Ryan Miller

Kristin Wenc

Dorothy Mason

Akiva Gross

Esther Rubyan

Cal Navin

Jeff Mendenhall

Sara Zielinski

Cai Fasse

We Value our Volunteers!

Host Committee

Twist Out Cancer acknowledges the dynamic Host Committee that works to make the program possible and the unique event a true celebration of life!

Cynthia Beck, Co-Chair

Bari Murphy, Co-Chair

Jeffrey Froggett

Kara Thomas

Brian Semel

Nikki Dicks

Anna Warner-Mayes

Kirsten Johnson

Jozie Bullard

Kenny Lapins

Stephanie Plein

Marty Hogan

Lizzie DeMateo


Program Mentors

Twist Out Cancer acknowledges the caring and careful support that mentors provide to Artists and Inspirations.

Vanessa Dunham

Jacqueline Carmody

Callie Cullinan

Jamie Zeller Bitton

Stephanie Plein

Joshua Taustein

Marty Hogan

Nikki Dicks

Carol Damoth

Sharon Roesser

Featured Virtual Ticketing Options
A limited in-person art exhibit & celebration will also be offered in the cities of Chicago & Detroit!
Brushes with Cancer Philly event at Yards
Event Tickets Coming Soon!
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Tickets to Brushes with Cancer’s Live Virtual Event & In-Person Art Exhibit Events will soon be available online.

Follow us on social @TwistOutCancer for discounts, dates and sneak peeks!

Premier Sponsor
In-Person & Virtual Event Tickets Coming Soon!
Interested In Becoming A Sponsor?
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Would you like to be one of our exclusive sponsors for the upcoming Brushes with Cancer event?

We would love to hear from you.

Please check out our sponsorship brochure or contact Amelia Hanrahan for details.


Sponsorship Form
Twist Title Sponsor-$25,000
· All benefits of the Impactful Sponsor and inclusion in media interviews, ad in Chicago Magazine fall print issue or Clear Channel billboard ad, & 15 mentions on social media.
The Impactful Sponsor-$15,000
· All benefits of the Courageous Sponsor and hosted IG LIVE interview with artist/inspiration & 10 Social Media Mentions.
The Courageous Sponsor-$10,000
· All benefits of the Supporter Sponsor and 12 VIP Tickets, Recognition during Twistshop programs, Signage at in-person event, Custom Virtual Exhibitor Booth & 7 Social Media Mentions.
The Supporter Sponsor-$5,000
· All benefits of the Virtual Table Sponsor and 10 VIP Event Tickets, Verbal Event Recognition & 5 Social Media Mentions.
Virtual Table Sponsor-$2,000
· 8 VIP Event tickets· Logo inclusion during the virtual event · 2 Mentions on Social Media · Targeted networking through virtual site.
Pair Sponsor- $500
· 2 VIP Event tickets · Logo/Name inclusion in virtual story and art gallery.
Honorees: COMING SOON!
Cynthia Beck
Cynthia Beck
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Co-Chair
Bari Murphy
Brushes with Cancer Midwest Co-Chair
Featured Auction
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The Brushes with Cancer Live Art Auction and Exhibition will be available for viewing 2 weeks in advance of the big event. In the meantime check out our online store for art inspired apparel and household items.

Twist Out Cancer Shop
Featured Program Alumni Artists
Perry Milou
Perry Milou
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Michael Leavy
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Ali Williams
Ali Williams
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The Team

Board Members

Jenna Benn Shersher- Founder, CEO and Board President

Andrew Edelston- Board Chair

Dr. Gena Khodos- Treasurer

Emma Peck Block- Secretary

Dr. Sharon Arffa- Executive Board Member

August Spree- Executive Board Member

Joelle Goldman- Executive Board Member

Joshua Taustein- Executive Board Member

Stephanie Plein- Executive Board Member

Erin Green Johnson- Executive Board Member

Arlene Bonnet- Executive Board Member

Iris Marreck- Executive Board Member

Dr. Christian Squillante-Executive Board Member

Jon Goldberg- Executive Board Member

Howard Aaron-Executive Board Member

Jennifer L. Katz Margolis- Executive Board Member

Cynthia Beck- Executive Board Member

Danny Glick- Executive Board Member

Jacqueline Carmody- Advisory Board Member

Thomas Croce- Advisory Board Member

Gudrun Wu Synder- Advisory Board Member

Jeffrey Guerrero- Advisory Board Member

Dr. Martin Hogan- Advisory Board Member

Mardi Kaplan- Advisory Board Member

Kimberly Kass- Advisory Board Member

Anna Feneis- Advisory Board Member

Ella Hawk- Advisory Board Member

Twist Out Cancer Canada

Dan Hadad Aviad- Chair Canada

Sharon Marcushamer- Chair Canada

April Gibson

Suzanne Cronin

Tim Richardson



Host Committee

Howard Aaron- Co-Chair

Janine Kirby- Co-Chair

Dr. Sharon Arffa

Rebecca Bar

Shelby Zitelman

Sonya Keshwani

Ella Hawk

Tanya Kertsman

Dr. Christian Squillante

Lori Shuster

Dr. Jenn Burg


Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO

Amelia Hanrahan, COO

Robert Morris, Development Director

Joshua Taustein, Director of Marketing and Communications

August Spree, Director of Programming

Dr. Lauren Zaluda Rynar, Clinical Director

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist

Lindsay Patton, Director of Digital Strategy

Ellie Monieson, Director of Social Media

Jenna Koch, Intern

Stella Lefkowsky, Intern