The Cabarrus Health Alliance and Sisters in Partnership, in collaboration with the Cabarrus Arts Council, recently hosted the second year of Paint it Pink for a Cure: A Breast Cancer Awareness Art Competition.
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, artists of any art form in the community were asked to submit a piece of work depicting one of the many facets of breast cancer to help raise awareness through art. This included awareness, support, education, hope, strength, research, treatment, survivorship and remembrance- since breast cancer has touched almost everyone in some way.
The art contest had four categories: middle school student, high school student, adult (18+) and senior adult (61+).
The organizers of the event said they thought it was important to include middle and high school students in the contest because it is never too early to learn about risks of breast cancer and although it is not as common, breast cancer can be diagnosed in young women and men.
Two winners were selected from each category. The 1st place winner from each category received a $50 gift card and the 2nd place winner received a $25 gift card. The announcement of the art contest winners took place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Cabarrus Health Alliance.
The event also included testimonies of two survivors from Sisters in Partnership, Sonja Allison— a 4 year survivor— and Johnsie Tucker (who spoke about her own and her daughter’s breast cancer journey).
Survivors and co-survivors that attended were given special recognition and enjoyed a healthy meal and raffle prize drawings.
All of the gift cards for the art contest winners and raffle drawings were donated by Binder’s Art Supplies located in Charlotte, Applebee’s and Olive Garden located near Concord Mills.
For the contest, organizers said they received an array of creative, colorful and meaningful submissions from so many talented artists. There was also a plentiful amount of middle school entries, which organizers said made it very difficult for the Cabarrus Arts Council to select a winner. Therefore they added honorable mention to the middle school category.
During the event the artists were asked to share what inspired them to create art for this competition. There were many emotional moments as some spoke about their family members who passed away from breast cancer or were currently in treatment and others who just felt touched by the cause.
The night was full of fellowship, education and overwhelming support for breast cancer awareness and finding a cure.
The art contest winners and a few other submissions are currently being displayed at the Levine Cancer Center at Atrium Health in Concord throughout the month of October.
Middle school winners:
1st place – Sydney Gillespie
2nd place – Lia Fajetek
Honorable Mention – Paige Briggs
High school winner:
1st place – Katie Morrison
1st place – David Crawford
2nd place – Robin Williams
1st place – Melvin McCullough
2nd place – Barbara Caldwell