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Sharing Art, Spreading Hope

October 23, 2006

Fine arts and health are coming together at Mount Allison University in support of a great cause. The department of fine arts and the Student Health Centre are pleased to present the second annual Sharing Art, Spreading Hope event on Wednesday, October 25 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Owens Art Gallery. The evening event is in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Atlantic Chapter.

The fund raiser will include a silent auction, refreshments, door prizes, health educational displays and live entertainment along with presentations by breast cancer survivors and special guests, including Michelle Anglehart, Oncology Symptom Management Co-ordinator, South East Regional Health Authority. Sackville resident, Josephine Watson will present a dramatic reading from breast surgeon Dr. Roger Roberge’s book Why Me? Surviving, Coping, Living with Breast Cancer. Dr. Roberge will be in attendance and his book will be available for sale and signing at the event. A member of the award-winning Southeast New Brunswick Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team (‘tit Bateau) will also give a personal account of living with and surviving breast cancer.

In support of Sharing Art, Spreading Hope, Mount Allison students, faculty, and local artists have donated personal works to be auctioned off in the silent auction. Some works have been completed specifically for this event.

Mount Allison Nurse/Educator Cindy Crossman says, "Every year, too many people receive the devastating news that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The emotional roller coaster they go through is overwhelming. As the cancer progresses, there are many challenging stages of emotion. In depicting health through an expression of art, we begin to visualize the many emotions associated with a breast cancer diagnosis. I’m pleased to see the collaboration shown by students, faculty, and staff in organizing this second annual fund raiser for such a worthy cause."

Michelle Anglehart, Oncology Symptom Management Co-ordinator for the South East Regional Health Authority will be the keynote speaker for the event. Michelle graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of New Brunswick in 1999 and went on to complete her Master’s of Nursing in April of 2006. Her clinical background is in oncology nursing. She is presently employed at the South East Regional Health Authority in Moncton, NB at the Ambulatory Oncology Clinic.

The title of her presentation is, "Worth a Thousand Words: A Creative Expression of the Meaning of Living with Cancer-related Fatigue from the Perspective of Breast Cancer Survivors." This presentation will focus on the findings of her research and identify the value of using visual art as a means to portray cancer-related fatigue.

The event is an initiative sponsored by the Mount Allison Student Health Centre and supported by the Mount Allison fine arts department and the Owens Art Gallery. Organizers hope to engage those interested in art and health and match the funds raised for the Atlantic Breast Cancer Foundation during the event last year.


For more information please contact Cindy Crossman, Nurse/Educator, Student Health Centre, Mount Allison University, tel: 364-2163 ( or visit



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