'Summer Daze'

"Summer Daze" by Alaina Coote

CURE Media Group, the multimedia platform devoted to cancer updates and research that reaches over 1 million patients, announced the winners of its 2020 CURE Calendar Contest. The 12 selected artists, including Wadsworth's Alaina Coote, will have their work featured in a yearlong calendar.

“Congratulations to the 12 talented artists across the United States who were hand-selected to be showcased in our upcoming 2020 CURE calendar,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences, parent company of CURE Media Group. “We thank every one of our readers who submitted their incredible artwork into our first-ever calendar contest and look forward to hosting this contest again next year.”

Selected by a panel of judges, the artwork of the 12 winners exemplifies the beauty and creativity that can arise from the challenges of the cancer experience. Created using a variety of media, the pieces served as a therapeutic outlet for the artists and will inspire all those who view them.

Coote is a student at the University of Toledo, studying graphic and interactive design. When she was a child, both her mother and grandmother were affected by breast and ovarian cancer. She saw how cancer had the ability to shape and change a women's self-esteem and femininity.

Coote's artwork titled “Summer Daze” hangs within the women’s cancer unit at a hospital near where she grew up. The piece helps those going through chemotherapy to escape the stresses of cancer treatment. Coote's work serves as an encouragement to the women as they are battling cancer, portraying the power, beauty, femininity and strength that each woman has within themselves.

To see all submissions and submit your own artwork to the CURE® Art Gallery, click here.

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