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Gilda’s Club hosts CUREative Art and Writing Contest for teens touched by cancer 


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When cancer enters a teen’s life, they often feel like they are the only one going through it. It is an isolating, lonely experience. Throughout the COVID pandemic teens have become even more isolated from the world and their essential support systems. Finding ways to cope and connect beyond screens becomes a priority. In response, Gilda’s Club Madison is offering its CUREative Art and Writing Contest for Teens Touched by Cancer. 

Art and writing have long been heralded as an accessible therapy–a means to connect with self and others through creative expression. “It’s really hard to talk to people and just try to explain how you feel about everything that’s happened,” said a former CUREative contest winner, whose parents died of cancer when she was a young child. She turned to art as a means of processing her experience.

The 2021 CUREative Art and Writing Contest for teens touched by cancer invites any teen in the state of Wisconsin to be a part of this healing connection. The contest is open to all teens ages 13-19 who have been touched by cancer–their own diagnosis, a family member, or even a beloved teacher/coach/mentor. Teens can choose to submit a piece of writing or a piece of art for a chance to win gift cards to Amazon. Art will be displayed at Goodman Community Center, where space has been graciously donated. Art can be viewed through the windows safely from outside the building. Art and writing will also be viewable on the Gilda’s Club website. The art exhibit will be viewable to the public April 19-25. 

To facilitate a deeper connection between teens who participate, a virtual reception will be held on Thursday, April 29 from 7-8 pm where teens can share more about their piece and their process.

Interested teens can learn more about the contest on the Gilda’s Club website: www.gildasclubmadison.org/cureative2021

About Gilda’s Club

Having cancer gave me membership in an elite club I’d rather not belong to.” – Gilda Radner

Gilda’s Club Madison offers a community of free emotional support, cancer education, and hope for children and adults with any cancer diagnosis and those who care for them.  All support groups are professionally facilitated and all programs are offered free of charge to more than 4,000 people touched by cancer. Learn more: https://www.gildasclubmadison.org/

You Can Help – Participants needed for urban rappelling

On August 15, 2021 Gilda’s Club Madison is giving 75 daring folks the opportunity to rappel 14 stories down the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. Participants must raise at least $1,000 for Gilda’s Club Madison. All event proceeds stay local to ensure that no one in our community has to face cancer alone. Learn more or register today: https://www.overtheedgemadison.com/