Expressions of Courage Survivor Celebration
We are delighted that so many of you were able to join us for the 2016 Expressions of Courage Survivor Arts Celebration. That event saw more than 250 patients, family members, and friends come together with their Markey caregivers to rejoice in their progress against cancer. Enjoy the pictures from that event on display at the bottom of this
Details about 2017 Expressions of Courage
Cancer struggles can bring about very powerful emotions, and patients express their feelings in varied, individualized ways. Expressions of Courage is an event designed to showcase the experiences and creativity of Markey patients who have battled cancer, timed to coincide with other nationwide celebrations in June for Cancer Survivorship Month. Along with celebrating, the event provides opportunities to connect with members of the Healthy Living Panel to further enhance their recovery process.
2017 Expressions of Courage invitation letter (PDF, 346 KB)
WHAT: This event will feature visual, literary, and musical performances from Markey cancer survivors as well as a free lunch and access to support services. See the tentative schedule below.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, June 9
WHERE: Combs Cancer Research Building and surrounding parts of the Markey Cancer Center Campus, located at 800 Rose Street, Lexington, Kentucky. Please plan to park in the main garage at 110 Transcript Avenue and ride the shuttle to the site of the event. Your parking ticket will be validated at the event.
HOW: Register by completing and returning our form.
Expressions of Courage registration form. (PDF, 124 KB)
WHO: It’s mainly about you, of course. Here at Markey we follow the National Cancer Institute definition that considers all patients to be survivors at diagnosis and every day thereafter. In addition to meeting other cancer survivors and reuniting with some of your care providers, you will also have the opportunity meet with our Healthy Living Panel, consisting of a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, patient navigator, nutritionist, outreach director, psych-oncology professionals, musical and art therapists, and others
Preliminary Celebration Agenda
Friday, June 9, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Register and visit Healthy Living Panel
Members and Exhibits, which may include representatives from these programs: American Cancer Society Patient Navigation, Art Therapy, Community Outreach, Genetic Counseling, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Kentucky Proud, Livestrong, Lung Cancer Research Programs, Music
Therapy, Narrative Medicine, Nutrition Services, Ovarian Screening, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Plastic Surgery, Psych-Oncology, Smoking Cessation.
11:30 a.m.: Lunch will be served in the main tent.
12 p.m.: Welcome and introduction. Opening remarks by Dr. B. Mark Evers, Director of the Markey Cancer Center. Moment of Silent Remembrance.
12:15 p.m.: Keynote Speaker Charlie Lustman.
12:45 - 1:15 p.m.: Dance Exhibition and other entertainment.
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.: Vocal and instrumental performances.
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.: Poetry and Journal Readings. (Speakers from the audience will be included as time allows.)
2:45 p.m.: Closing remarks.
Charlie Lustman presents "Made Me Nuclear!"
UK Markey Cancer Center welcomes Charlie Lustman as this year's keynote speaker and musical guest.
Lustman is a cancer survivor who used his story and talent to craft a one-man pop music performance chronicling his cancer journey. Since recovering from Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his upper jaw in 2007, Lustman has toured the country in theaters, cancer centers, and survivorship events to spread his musical message of hope.
With his brightly painted custom “love guitar” and prosthetic replacement jaw, Lustman brings inspiration, motivation, education and hope to people worldwide with original songs that carry an empathetic lyric and melodies to those who have experienced his unique and powerful message.
Learn more about Charlie Lustman's story, and stay tuned for details on his appearance at this event.
We hope to see you at the 2017 Wreath Auction this holiday season! This event allows participants to donate a wreath which will be sold to the highest bidder at the close of the auction in order to raise money for Expressions of Courage. More information will be available here online in late fall as Christmastime approaches.
To learn more about cancer screening and Markey's outreach events in the community, visit the
Cancer Screenings Events homepage.
We’re happy to answer any questions you have. For any questions, please contact us at
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