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Expressions of Courage Survivor Celebration

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Join us in June for a celebration of survivorship. Expressions of Courage survivor celebration will be held Friday, June 3, 2022, from 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Longship Club at Kroger Field on the University of Kentucky Campus. Markey patients, together with their support groups and caregivers, will be joined by Markey faculty and staff to mark yet another milestone in their cancer battles. 

NOTICE: We continue to monitor COVID-19 with our infection prevention professionals on a regular basis, and will make a final decision about if and how to proceed with the 2022 event this spring. Please check back on this website for updates leading up to the event. Masks will be required at the event, and attendees may bring one guest.

  • 2022 Expressions of Courage Celebration

    We look forward to celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day with you on June 3, 2022!

    This event is dear to the hearts of our Markey team, and many will be at the event to greet, guide and celebrate you throughout the day. The Expressions of Courage event was created as a way for cancer survivors to encourage one another by sharing their cancer stories. All cancer survivors, regardless of their stage of treatment, are invited to attend with one guest.

    We also invite you to share an original piece of art that best represents you and your cancer experience, but you do not have to submit artwork to attend. Please see the back of the flyer for more details.

    Highlights of this year’s event:

    • Lunch and ice cream will be provided.
    • Be inspired by our guest speakers.
    • Add words of encouragement to the memorial wall.
    • Learn from the panel of healthy living advisors.
    • Take photos in the photo booth.
    • Enjoy musical performances.
    • Admire the art gallery of submissions from attendees and their loved ones.

    Who: Cancer survivors, patients and caregivers.

    What: A National Cancer Survivors Day®  event to celebrate your or a loved one’s journey through cancer survivorship.

    When: Friday, June 3, 2022, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT.

    Where: The Longship Club at Kroger Field*, 1540 University Drive, on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.

    *On-site parking is available; attendees can park in the Blue Lot.

    Attendees should enter the stadium through the Commonwealth Tower Premium Lobby between Gates 10 and 11 and take the elevators to the club on Mezzanine Level.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Expressions of Courage?

    Cancer struggles can bring about powerful emotions, and patients convey their feelings in varied, personal ways. Expressions of Courage is designed as a showcase for those feelings, a celebration of both human creativity and the human spirit. Please note that this occasion is for all survivors. You need not contribute art to participate. Members of the Healthy Living Panel are also available to further enhance the recovery process. June is Cancer Survivorship Month and thus a good time for this annual gathering. 

    What is the event dress code?

    Dress casual and comfortable. If you have an Expressions of Courage T-shirt from a previous year’s event, feel free to show it off.

    What should the art submission consist of?

    We invite you to share a piece of art that best represents you and your cancer experience. It may be newly created or something you made during your cancer journey. You may submit a quilt, painting, carving, poem, or other piece. While we encourage creativity, space is limited, so if there is another form of art you wish to submit (readings, dance, etc.), please contact us to see if arrangements can be made.

    How do I deliver my art to the Expressions of Courage planning committee?

    If your art is a physical piece, it can be dropped off at the Markey Clinical Affairs Office on the second floor of the Combs Research Building on any weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The art will be on display throughout the event, so we ask you to send a title and short statement (no more than 250 words) that can accompany your piece to

    If you have a large piece and need assistance, please call 859-323-8501 and a Markey representative will come meet you outside the Markey Cancer Center.

    No artwork will be accepted after May 27, 2022.

    What if it rains?

    This will be a rain-or-shine event, as the Longship Club is inside at Kroger Field.

    Please be aware:

    There will be paperwork for you to sign when you arrive. These include HIPAA, photo and intellectual property releases. You are asked to fill out the forms because we will be taking pictures during the event and hope to share them with the community. If you would like to review these forms prior to the event, copies will be posted on our website.