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Cody's Creative and Inspiring Message - 23 November 2017

Cody Silva’s personal experience of losing a loved one to lung cancer has inspired the Year 10 student to help make a difference in the lives of other Australian families who are, or might be, affected by the disease.

Cody completed a piece of artwork this year called “Beautiful Lungs” to honour the legacy of her father who passed away from lung cancer in May 2017.

After seeing Cody’s work, the Lung Foundation of Australia requested a copy of the artwork, and with Cody’s blessing, the artwork will be displayed in Brisbane’s King George Square to help raise awareness of lung cancer.

Along with Cody’s displayed artwork, the Lung Foundation will distribute flyers with the following words from Cody to explain her artwork:  

"When I was eight years old my Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. My Dad was my world, my best friend and my protector. He was 39 and had no risk factors for the disease. This made his diagnosis all the more confusing for me as a child. The word ‘cancer’, especially terminal cancer, was very frightening. During my childhood from age eight to 15 while he was living with this disease, the images of lung cancer surrounding me were often negative and scary. This had a big impact on how I perceived and felt about his disease. I wanted to create an image that reflected my own personal view of his disease and his brave journey facing this illness. I wanted to create imagery that is inspiring, hopeful, beautiful and gentle, just like my Dad was. I choose to draw a pair of lungs because his cancer was growing in his lung. I choose to fill them with flowers because they are a universal symbol of beauty and often given as a gift for love and appreciation. I wanted to change the negative images that I had in my mind of his disease. I hope this image brings hope and beauty to others facing lung cancer."

“Beautiful Lungs” has also been screen-printed onto canvas bags and t-shirts which are available to purchase from the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.

For many years, Cody has been fundraising for, participating in and volunteering for lung cancer advocacy roles nationally. Her bravery in sharing this personal artwork, along with the beauty of the piece itself, is an inspiration to our College community, and for that, we congratulate her.

Kylie Dell

Head of Faculty - Arts (Acting)