Knoxville resident and artist/author/survivor, Jody Sims, will present her story and new art at the National Cancer Survivors Day event Sunday, June 4, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
at the Sanctuary Vegan Cafe, 151 N Seven Oaks Drive, Knoxville, TN.
Sims will showcase her new series of paintings called “Compassion Makes Life Beautiful” which were inspired by her visits to the Gentle Barn Tennessee, a sanctuary for abused and neglected farm animals. Each of Jody’s paintings includes an inspirational message. . . as if each animal is thinking or saying it.
“Those animals are survivors. They have gone through so much and are now able to experience what it’s like to be healthy, safe and happy” says Sims. Their stories of survival have awakened me to a greater understanding of what it truly means to be compassionate and to survive and thrive.”
National Cancer Survivors Day started 30 years ago as a way to recognize and support people living with cancer. The day is observed in many different ways around the U.S. and in 18 other countries.
There are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today. “Given that one in three Americans will face a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives, living with cancer is a topic that touches all of us,” says Jody. “Some people return to the lives they were leading before their diagnosis, while others are significantly changed by their cancer experience. The challenge for many survivors is figuring out how to return to everyday life while adusting to the effects of the disease, the impact of treatments and the emotional toll it can have on everyone involved.”
Among her many artistic achievements, Jody is the author of the book Soul Provider: Conversations With My Cat, which showcases 20 paintings of her cat’s face, along with journal entries of her experience through cancer. The book won a Nautilus Book Award in 2014.
The first Sunday of June is Jody’s personal annual reminder that she survived and an opportuntiy to share her story, in hopes that it may serve as a catalyst for others’ healing.
The event is free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase prints or originals, as well as signed copies of Jody’s award-winning book. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the Sanctuary Vegan Cafe, which is owned by local resident Leslie Naylor, who is also a cancer survivor with an amazing story. She will talk about the important role of nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, a healthy planet, and compassion for animals.