Cancer advocacy organization Gilda's Club Worldwide offers a message of hope to the millions touched by colon cancer with a one-of-a-kind mosaic mural at its New York City headquarters. The 15X6 foot mural was created by more than 165 colon cancer survivors from around the nation as part of a new MOSAIC of Colon Cancer Survivorship program. According to the American Cancer Society, death rates for colon cancer have been declining due to many factors including prevention, improved detection and better treatment options.
The mural spells "HOPE!" in celebration of the advances in prevention, screening, staging and treatment that are improving survival for people with colon cancer.
For several months, Gilda's Clubhouses from across the country have worked with colon cancer survivors and their loved ones to create inspirational murals expressing the thoughts and feelings of people nationwide touched by colon cancer. Murals were contributed by clubhouses in every region of the country - Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West - before heading to New York City. The MOSAIC mural of HOPE! was assembled by volunteers at Gilda's Club Worldwide where it will be on display January 12 until February 13, 2009.
At each of the local MOSAIC of Colon Cancer Survivorship events, colon cancer survivors shared what going through treatment has meant in their lives, and oncologists gave presentations on the many medical advances that are improving survival rates for patients with Stage III colon can
The MOSAIC of Colon Cancer Survivorship program is sponsored by Gilda's Club Worldwide and sanofi-aventis U.S. The mosaic mural will be on display at Gilda's Club Worldwide from January 12 until February 13, 2009; photos will be posted on the Gilda's Club Web site at www.gildasclub.org.