Granby cancer survivor creates winning artwork |

Granby cancer survivor creates winning artwork

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Granby resident and breast-cancer survivor Dr. Penny Hamilton listens to an Eli Lilly oncology employee share her research, while Lilly volunteers begin the painting on her mural called Oncology Odyssey.
Submitted by Penny Hamilton |

Recently, Dr. Penny Hamilton, a six-year breast cancer survivor of Granby, had her “Oncology Odyssey” art entry selected by a nationwide arts panel as part of the Eli Lilly, Inc. “Lilly Oncology on Canvas ­— Expressions of a Cancer Journey.” Cancer survivors are invited to submit paintings, depicting how they felt as they progressed from diagnosis to cure.

“Colors depict my odyssey through the sea of emotions cancer and survivorship evoked,” Hamilton said of the abstract art she created. “White is the innocence of not knowing you soon are going to be in a fight to live. Gray is the angst and somber moments as you reflect on the diagnosis. Black conjures fear, dread, and grim facts as you choose a winning treatment plan. Red depicts my fury and anger at the realization that I must muster the energy and resolve to beat cancer. Yellow portrays hope and confidence as my treatment and recovery progressed. Gold is for the precious gift each new day becomes to a survivor.”

Her award-winning art was transformed into a mural by Eli Lilly employees in downtown Indianapolis on Oct. 10 as part of the “Lilly Global Day of Giving.”

At the completion of the mural, hundreds of Lilly employees watched Penny sign her mural in the lower right-hand corner. During a dedication ceremony, a plaque was affixed to the wall beside the mural. The words on the plaque are her words quoted above.

All these events were featured on the front page of The Indianapolis Star and on Channel 13, the NBC-TV affiliate.

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