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K-State Today

October 20, 2011

Painting hope: Cancer Research Center hosts 'Breast Cancer Survivor Footprints' art exhibition through Nov. 30

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kansas State University’s Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research will host "Breast Cancer Survivor Footprints," an exhibit of paintings by Aribel León-Lynn, a Manhattan artist.

León-Lynn, who moved to Fort Riley from Panama at age 12, discovered her love and talent for painting while going through breast cancer treatment at age 34. She has shown her paintings at several galleries and events in Kansas City, Lawrence and Junction City.

The show, open now through the end of November, may be viewed by the public anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The cancer research center is in Chalmers Hall at the corner of 17th Street and Claflin Road. Its entrance and two free guest parking spaces are on 17th Street directly across from Gen. Myers Hall.

León-Lynn was the guest speaker for the center's recent breast cancer awareness luncheon — which drew 150 participants. She is currently working on a book highlighting her breast cancer journey as presented through her paintings and poetry.

"I consider myself a conduit for informing women of all ages and backgrounds about breast cancer," León-Lynn said.

Information on acquiring prints and greeting cards featuring León-Lynn's paintings will be available at the exhibit.

The Johnson cancer research center supports cancer research, education, training and public outreach. All of its programs are made possible by private donations. More information is available at http://www.cancer.k-state.edu or by calling 785-532-6705.