Navigating the New Normal


Cartoon Boot Camp

Tongue cancer survivor Christian “Patch” Patchell lead a “Cartoon Boot Camp” for young adult survivors on October 25, 2008. This innovative program, held in Hamilton Building, focused on using art as a tool to manage difficult feelings associated with cancer treatment and survivorship. A graphic artist and art instructor at University of the Arts, Patch shared a personal sketchbook that he developed over the course of his own radiation therapy. With help from Patch and volunteers from the Philadelphia Cartoonists Society, program attendees used their newly-acquired skills to create “artists’ trading cards,” which they swapped with one another at the end of the day. This event was held as part of Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson‘s “Navigating the New Normal” program, which addresses the needs of young adult survivors between the ages of 18-45.