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n's work, it collaborated with him to provide funding for the creation of a traveling exhibit that would increase awareness about ovarian cancer.

Using recurrent imagery of hair loss, Magnan explores the conflict between "who I am" and "what I look like" faced by women with ovarian cancer after its invasive surgery and follow-up treatments. His work also addresses other aspects of changed self-image, with both somber and lighthearted perspectives. Solemn issues of scarring, fatigue and fertility can be found in some pieces, as well as explorations of "chemo brain" or hair that refuses to grow back the same as before.

After his wife's death in February 2006, Magnan created the sculpture "Echo" in recognition of the courage and spirit of Mary and all women living with ovarian cancer. NOCC chose "Echo" as the icon for "Break the Silence," its national ovarian cancer awareness campaign that arms women with tools to begin an early dialogue with their physicians about ovarian cancer, facilitate early diagnosis and improve survival rates.

About NOCC

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc. (NOCC) is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides education and awareness about ovarian cancer through a toll-free Help Line, local NOCC Chapters, comprehensive website, peer support, publications and awareness/education programs. The NOCC's mission is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. For more information on the "Break the Silence" campaign and to contact one of the local NOCC chapters, visit http://www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN.


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