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‘Love’ wins out in Pink Ribbon Art Contest
Photo caption: From left, Alora Lites, Ashley Lites, Deanna Anatra and Margret Rossi were named award winners in Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Pink Ribbon Art Contest.

La Grange – When she set out to put together a piece of art for Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Pink Ribbon Art Contest, Margret Rossi wanted people facing cancer to know they were not alone.

"In my art, I’m trying to represent the strong support and love for people who are going through their battle with cancer,” Rossi said.

A graphic designer, Rossi loves arts and crafts as well as photography. The Downers Grove resident wanted to create something that would combine all those loves.

What she made was a piece titled “Love,” and her work won first place in the Adult Category in this year’s art contest. Rossi’s photo features a pink ribbon attached to a black background, the ribbon spelling out the word “love” in cursive.

Her mother, Dorothy Sipp, encouraged Rossi to enter the piece in this year’s contest. Sipp works at the hospital through Adventist Health Care at Home, and she believes her daughter’s work represents the love the hospital’s staff has for its patients.

“The care they receive, and love we provide as an organization, it’s like nothing I’ve seen anywhere else,” Sipp said.

Rossi was one of four contest winners announced Oct. 1 at the hospital’s Pink Tree Lighting ceremony. While she won the Adult Category, other winners were announced in different age categories.

Alora Lites of Brookfield won in the 8 Years Old and Under Category, while her sister Ashley Lites won the 12-16 Years Old Category. Deanna Anatra of Downers Grove was runner-up in the Adult Category.

A past winner of the Pink Ribbon Art Contest, Anatra’s piece this year was a pencil drawing titled “Hope,” featuring a woman with a tattooed flower on one of her breasts. While the woman’s face remains white, and her skin a pale yellow, the flower on her breast is highlighted in bold colors. It represents a tattoo of hope, Anatra said. Perhaps the woman in the drawing has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Perhaps it runs in her family.

Whenever the word breast comes up, people will shy away from talking about it, even when it involves cancer, Anatra said.

“By having vibrant, alive functions like this, it helps make positive steps so we can all talk about breast cancer and wipe it out and save lives,” Anatra said.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

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Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; (630) 856-2354.