There's a little Picasso in all of us

EASE announces the winners to its fourth annual 'My Life with Eczema' art 
TORONTO, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Picking the winner for an artistic competition 
is rarely easy, but when the applicants are children, illustrating their own 
stories, it can be even harder. This past year was no different, as the fourth 
annual 'My Life with Eczema' art contest, presented by the Eczema Awareness, 
Support and Education (EASE) Program, received 15 colourful and touching 
entries from across the country. Kids as young as 4 to the age of 12 picked up 
their crayons, pencils and paint to create art that told their stories of 
dealing and living with eczema. 
The winning artwork was chosen by an esteemed panel of judges that included: 
Art therapist Janice Leblanc, dermatologists Dr. Joseph Lam and Dr. Marc 
Bourcier and celebrity judge, Marc Brown. Brown is a bestselling children's 
author and illustrator, and is best-known as the creator of Arthur. 
"I was astonished by these young artists' exceptionally creative use of 
artwork space. It was also evident how much thought went into their personal 
stories, all of which were a heartwarming and touching to read," said Marc 
The grand prize winner was Andrew Feng, 9, for his drawing of an imaginary 
brother named 'Cool-Doo' who sucks his eczema into his gun and shoots evil 
aliens. Feng hails from Mississauga, Ontario, and was celebrated for his 
creative use of space and his visual creativity that was found even in his 
The second runner-up was Giorgio Manasseri for his drawing of himself as a 
super hero, with the power to fly away and escape the itchies. At 7 years of 
age, Giorgio lives in Ottawa, Ontario. 
The third runner-up was Cheryl Cheung for her drawing of her 'World of Eczema' 
and the struggles she has faced dealing with this disease. At 12 years of age, 
Cheryl lives in Toronto, Ontario. 
"Each year we're so impressed with the calibre of artwork that comes in," said 
Dr. Joseph Lam, MD, Department of Paediatrics, University of British Columbia. 
"These kids may be young, but their art is so insightful and creative. We 
applaud their effort and commend them for having the courage to share their 
Entries were judged on their use of space, their creativity, and their 
personal story. Andrew Feng received a grand prize of a $1,500Canada Savings 
Bond to put towards his future education, and both runner-ups were awarded a 
cash prize of $250. For more information, visit 
About Eczema 
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 by Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., the EASE 
Program has been recognized with five Public Education Awards from the 
Canadian Dermatology Association. 
The EASE Program website,, 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 - a fun, child-friendly website 
that aims to help children understand eczema. 
Stephanie Fitch energi PR 416-425-9143 ext. 17 
Image with caption: ""My Life with Eczema" Grand Prize Winner Andrew Feng, 9, 
from Mississauga, Ontario (CNW Group/Eczema Awareness, Support and Education 
(EASE) Program)". Image available at: 
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