Artist completes mural as tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Caption: Artist Delaena Uses Knife performs a hoop dance in front of her Breast Cancer Awareness Month mural in Art Alley on Friday, Oct. 11.

RAPID CITY S.D. – Artist Delaena Uses Knife unveiled her mural earlier today as a tribute to October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to her Native American heritage.

Uses Knife was one of four finalists for the regional Health-sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness mural competition. She was selected by Facebook users who voted on her submission by likes.

She had to overcome bad weather and a discouraging act of vandalism to complete the mural. On Oct. 1, when she was more than half way done with the project, someone painted over a large portion of the mural with graffiti. With help from her family and Regional Health volunteers, the graffiti was covered and she was able to complete her 10-foot by 14-foot painting.

Uses Knife described her design as a Lakota Sioux woman with strength to continue and pursue life. The white buffalo is symbolic for prayer and a cloud of witnesses.

Regional Health hopes the mural will offer hope and strength for patients and survivors. The prize for the competition was $500 plus up to $150 for supplies.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

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