Sue Cook – Curator
Sue is a breast cancer survivor. After being diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer, she underwent 6 months of chemotherapy to shrink her tumours before undergoing a radical mastectomy removing all her breast tissue, muscle and full lymph node clearance. This was followed by radiotherapy every weekday for 5 weeks and one year later a second mastectomy.
This is the type of journey that many cancer patients must embark on, their treatment taking over every aspect of their lives.
Sue now works for the University of the Arts London as Chief Examiner for Foundation Art and Design. She has 34 years experience of teaching Art and Design and has curated numerous exhibitions.
To celebrate her victory over cancer and at the same time embrace her passion for all things creative, Sue decided to reclaim her body by transforming her scars into a beautiful piece of body art, while raising money for CRUK through sponsorship and donations. Sue has seen this as empowering, giving her a sense of strength in her belief that cancer doesn’t always have to leave the last mark. She herself is now a walking canvas.
As a cancer survivor, she is even more aware of the importance of fundraising and has been involved in a number of events for the benefit of cancer related charities. It is because of the armies of fundraisers, public donations and the amazing research scientists that she is still here. She is one of the lucky ones where new treatments and trials have provided her with a really positive future. But it can’t stop here, Sue wants more and more people to be able to say “I am a survivor.”
To that end she is ‘Curating For A Cure‘
Gari Wellingham – Online Whizz Kid Extraordinaire
Gari is a brain tumour survivor, diagnosed in 2014 with ‘headaches’ which then turned out to be a rare and cancerous tumour.
Sadly, this is the way that Cancers are often discovered – someone presents at a GP surgery with something that they think is fairly trivial and then they leave with their whole World turned upside down. A lot more research in
to understanding the various types of Cancer in order to provide early diagnosis is desperately needed.
Gari has recently self-published a book on his experience (available exclusively on the Kindle store, with all proceeds to The Brain Tumour Charity), and has also fundraised for both The Brain Tumour Charity and Maggie’s Centres.
He’s proud to be using his online skills to support the fabulous Sue Cook, and to do so for for such an exciting event benefitting CRUK.
About our graphic
The “Flower of Life” can be found in all major religions of the world. It contains the patterns of creation as they emerged from the “Great Void”. Everything is made from the Creator’s thought.
After the creation of the Seed of Life the same vortex’s motion was continued, creating the next structure known as the Egg of Life. This structure forms the basis for music, as the distances between the spheres is identical to the distances between the tones and the half tones in music. It is also identical to the cellular structure of the third embryonic division (The first cell divides into two cells, then to four cells then to eight). Thus this same structure as it is further developed, creates the human body and all of the energy systems including the ones used to create the Merkaba.
If we continue creating more and more spheres we will end up with the structure called the Flower of Life. [source]
Curator Sue Cook said “While discussing the concept behind this graphic with its designer, my son Jack; I wanted a visual connection between our own logo and that of our chosen charity by using CRUK’s distinctive colours of purple, pink, grey and turquoise blue.
We have used the dominant purple for lettering and by framing the pink and turquoise cellular structure or flower by a grey circle, we are making direct reference to the Petri dish which has been used by scientists for decades to culture and study cells of all kinds, including cancer cells.
In terms of cancer itself, we just want cells to behave properly!