Young eczema sufferer wishes her disease away through art – and wins!
EASE and the Eczema Society of Canada name winner of 3(rd) annual “My Life with Eczema” Art Contest
TORONTO, March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – “My eczema drives me wild!” With these
words and with the help of fire-breathing ants and creepy-crawly
caterpillars, a young eczema sufferer has used her talent and
creativity to show the country what it feels like to live with eczema.
The Eczema Awareness, Support and Education (EASE) Program, in
collaboration with the Eczema Society of Canada, is delighted to
announce that Wei-An Lau from Winnipeg has won the 3rd annual “My Life
with Eczema” Art Contest.
Lau, 10, will receive a $1,500 Canada Savings Bond that can be used to
support her future education. The EASE art contest offered children
like Lau an opportunity to express how they feel as well as let them
know that they are not alone.
“Each entry provided a window into the life of an eczema sufferer, and
these children were so brave to show us their feelings through their
artwork” said Amanda Cresswell-Melville, Director of the Eczema Society
of Canada. “We are so appreciative of their participation, and commend
all artists for taking a step towards being in control of their
Eczema can be especially challenging for children as it can interfere
with school, cause kids to have difficulties concentrating, cause low
self esteem and make them feel self-conscious about their appearance.
Lau, whose personal story moved all that read it, bravely wrote: “It is
hard not to scratch once I get itchy. I try to just rub it but it
doesn’t always work… the worst thing is that my eczema gets infected
sometimes. I hope that my eczema never gets infected again.”
Submissions were judged by renowned Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston of
the iconic “For Better or For Worse” series, celebrated Quebec
cartoonist and creator of Gargouilles Tristan Demers, Canadian Art
Therapist Janice LeBlanc and two Canadian dermatologists: Dr. Joseph
Lam and Dr. Charles Lynde.
Contestants, Alexander Su, 10, from Markham, Ontario and Khadeeja
Rizwan, 6, from Ottawa, Ontario were named the two runner-ups, and will
be awarded prizes of $250 each. All entries included an accompanying
story on the challenges the artist experiences in dealing with eczema.
The contest was open to those aged 12 and under across the country, and
all artwork can be viewed at www.eczemacanada.ca.
Between four to six million children and adults in Canada suffer from
eczema, a common, chronic, life-altering skin condition. Eczema (atopic
dermatitis) is characterized by painful red, swollen, itchy and flaky
skin. The constant itch that goes along with eczema makes it very
different from any other skin condition. Eczema is often called the
‘itch that rashes’ rather than the ‘rash that itches’ because the itch
starts long before the rash appears. The itch leads to a lot of
scratching and that’s when the red, raw rash appears. The majority of
eczema cases are diagnosed in early childhood, and it is estimated that
while some children may eventually outgrow eczema, about 80 per cent
will have dry, irritable skin throughout their lives.
About the Eczema Awareness, Support and Education (EASE®) Program
The Eczema Awareness, Support and Education (EASE) Program is a national
and fully bilingual patient education program developed with the
assistance of leading Canadian dermatologists to provide access to
useful and accurate information about eczema. Supported through an
educational grant from Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., the EASE Program
has been recognized with four Public Education Awards from the Canadian
The EASE Program website, www.eczemacanada.ca, offers information on eczema including tips on speaking to a child’s
teacher about the condition, managing childhood triggers and how to
control the itch. Parents, teachers and young children can also visit www.pennysworld.ca – a fun, child-friendly website that aims to help children understand
About the Eczema Society of Canada
The Eczema Society of Canada is a registered charity dedicated to
meeting the needs of those suffering with eczema, through patient
support, education, awareness, and research. The Society has a strong
commitment to the continuing education of the medical community,
supporting ongoing research activities, and increasing public awareness
of eczema in society. For more information on eczema, speak to your
doctor or visit www.eczemahelp.ca.
SOURCE Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.