‘Art for Cancer Cure’ works for treatment and rehabilitation of patients

He has himself been diagnosed with cancer and hence artist Eby N. Joseph feels it his moral responsibility to extend a helping hand to cancer patients.

His initiative ‘Art for Cancer Cure’ is both to mobilise funds for helping cancer patients get proper treatment and to highlight the hazards involved in patients falling prey to fake and superstitious cures offered by quacks.

During his treatment, Mr. John had experienced the transparency of modern scientific medical treatment, and found that the hapless patients and their families were often victims of exploitation by quacks who offered miracle cures. Hence, the campaign is also to create public awareness of the importance of science-based medicine in cancer cure.

Mr. Joseph, who conducted his ‘Kerala Darshanam’ exhibition in different cities in the country, has taken help from friends and well-wishers for his initiative to involve the public to assist the treatment and rehabilitation of patients, and to help families of the deceased patients.

‘Art Can Care’

The campaign, also called ‘Art Can Care’, would include the exhibition and sale of his portraits of Gandhiji and Jawaharlal Nehru.

The first series of the painting exhibition campaign was inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram, he said. It would be held at the Scouts and Guides Building in Kannur from January 9 to 12.

He also noted that his mission was to ensure the involvement of his friends and well-wishers who had stood with him after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

The artist said he had chosen mainly Gandhiji as the subject of his painting in memory of the works of the Father of the Nation to nurse lepers.

Gandhiji was a source of moral courage, he said, adding ‘Art Can Care’ was a bid to promote that spirit.

The organising committee chairman P.V. Valsan said the painting exhibition would be jointly inaugurated by district leaders of political parties.

Seminars on Gandhiji and his charitable activities and on cancer treatment would also be held during the painting exhibition.

Organising Committee members Selvan Melur and T.M. Dayanandan were also present.

  • To create awareness of modern medical care in cancer cure

  • Exhibition of paintings in Kannur begins tomorrow