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Monmouth Medical Center Hosts Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Exhibition


The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center and the hospital's new Outpatient Infusion Center at Vantage Point on Highway 36 in West Long Branch recently featured Lilly Oncology On CanvasSM,an art exhibition honoring the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.

Launched in 2004, Lilly Oncology On Canvas tours communities nationwide and showcases art from its biennial competition. The art competition invites people from the United States and Puerto Rico diagnosed with any type of cancer as well as their families, friends, caregivers and health care providers to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning.

"Art therapy is a valuable tool in expressing feelings. Lilly Oncology On Canvas enables anyone impacted by cancer to tell his or her personal story. We couldn't be more pleased to support this program and exhibit the work by these artists," said Peggy Laggner, clinical director of Outpatient Infusion Services, Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center.

The themes explored in the more than 600 entries submitted to the 2012 competition ranged from hope, to fear, to the loss of individualism, to the support of family and friends, to the memory of those lost, to the perseverance of those who survive. In 2012, nearly $40,000 was donated to the cancer-related charities chosen by winners. The traveling exhibition of art is currently touring hospitals, cancer centers, patient advocacy group events and other venues nationwide.

Lilly Oncology On Canvas is presented by Lilly Oncology, dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that improve the care of people living with cancer, in partnership with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), which advocates for quality cancer care for all Americans and provides tools that empower people affected by cancer to advocate for themselves.

The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center provides an extensive array of highly advanced cancer services in all areas of cancer prevention, detection and treatment, delivered by a team of specialists in a caring and supportive environment.

As a part of the world-renowned Penn Cancer Network, the Leon Hess Cancer Center augments its clinical research program by providing access to additional trials offered through Penn's Clinical Research Cancer Network. The Penn Cancer Network includes a select group of community and academic hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that are recognized for their excellence in patient care and commitment to improving the health and well-being of their community.

For further information on Lilly Oncology On Canvas, visit, call 1-866-991-LOOC (5662) or email For information on the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732.923.6575.

PHOTO: Peggy Laggner, clinical director of Outpatient Infusion Services, Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, with a piece of artwork from the Lilly Oncology On Canvas exhibition.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

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