Cancer Assassin is one of a series of images distributed via a self-promotional marketing program to prospective clients to promote the artist’s creativity, artistry and storytelling.
The illustration is a dramatization a Cytotoxic Killer T Cell inducing a cancer cell to undergo programmed cell death known as apoptosis. These Killer T Cells are part of the body's immune response system. They are programmed to seek out, attach themselves and kill cancer cells, usually using chemicals. They recognize a specific site (antigen) on the surface of cancer cells and bind to it. The Killer T Cell then eliminates the cancer cell by releasing a protein that forms pores in the cancer cell's membrane and specifically induces apoptosis.
Cancer Assassin was bestowed the Print Award of Excellence by the juried 2019 RX Club Show. Founded in 1986 by Ina and Carveth Kramer, The Rx Club Show continues to honor the creative aspects of healthcare advertising and promotion. The show is judged in various categories by a panel of industry experts and is based solely on creativity. Creative concept and execution remain the only criteria for merit.
Cancer Assassin was honored with a 2019 Summit Creative Award at the Summit International Awards. Celebrating its 25th year, the Summit Creative Award has firmly established itself as the premier arbiter of creative excellence for firms small and medium sized advertising agencies worldwide and has become a coveted honor. Cancer Assassin received a Silver Award in the Illustration Category. The 2019 competition included over 4,500 entries from 27 countries for which only 11% of submissions earned recognition.
Cancer Assassin also received a Gold Award from Creativity International Design Awards in the the category of Illustration: Medical. Entries came from 29 countries, 3 Canadian Provinces and 20 U.S. States.
Cynthia Turner, Certified Medical Illustrator, is represented by Gail Thurm of Shannon Associates, New York, NY, [email protected]