Illustration Professor/Alumnus to Speak at Oral Cancer Awareness Walk

Christian Patchell BFA '95 (Illustration) will share his personal fight against this deadly disease at the September 22 event

"Kong," one of the sketches included in Patchell's book I Put the Can in Cancer.

September 7, 2012

Illustration Professor Christian "Patch" Patchell, a 1995 University of the Arts graduate and oral cancer survivor, will speak at the David Nasto Memorial Walk for Oral Cancer Awareness in Andover, N.J. The fifth annual event will take place on Saturday, September 22 in memory of the late surfer, snowboarder, cyclist, water skier and camper to help the Oral Cancer Foundation raise awareness.

Diagnosed in 2007 with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the lateral tongue and now cancer-free, Patchell will share his personal battle with oral cancer and how the deadly disease inspired his book I Put the Can in Cancer: A Journey Through Pictures, which features 25 sketches created during his radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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The David Nasto Memorial Walk for Oral Cancer Awareness will feature free oral cancer screenings by local dentists, live music and raffles, as well as a complimentary breakfast and barbecue. The four-mile walk will take place at Perona Farms in Andover, N.J., and will begin at 8 a.m. The first 150 walkers to arrive will receive free goody bags.

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