Together We Can -- Newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center

Winter 2007

Creating a Healthy Life
Message From the Administrator
Top 5 Cancer Diagnoses
for Women
Top 5 Cancer Diagnoses for Men
Using Nutrition to Fight Cancer
Favorite Recipes
Recent Events
Featured Artwork
<< Back to JKCC home page

"My Addiction" by Tom Beckett

Tom Beckett, a patient at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center, passed away on November 20, 2006, after a valiant five-year battle with lung cancer. In 2004, Tom, a gifted artist, teacher, and community activist completed “My Addiction,” a collage in the beautiful design of a Turkish rug and a provocative statement about the power of cigarette addiction.

My Addiction by Tom Beckett

The artwork was created from recycled materials. Consistent with this theme, the materials used for this piece are cigarette packets from his preferred brand of cigarettes. The background is paper made from the pulp of the packets as well as some tobacco. A 1949 cigarette advertisement is the centerpiece of the design.

Circling the advertisement are Beckett’s pathology reports and the actual image of the computed tomography (CT) scan in an artistically designed pattern.

Shortly before his death, Beckett loaned “My Addiction” to the Joan Karnell Cancer Center to display at the Great American Smoke Out. He supported the smoking ban in Philadelphia restaurants. His message is clear: “If you smoke, quit now. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.” Tom quit smoking 26 days before his death after many prior attempts to quit. He was proud of being a non-smoker.

– Deb DeMille, MS, RD, LDN


appointment icon

Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.

Related Links
Find a Cancer Specialist
Request an Appointment Online or call
800-789-PENN (7366)
Pennsylvania Hospital Visitor Information
Give Now to JKCC
JKCC Newsletter


Current Issue


RSS feed Newsletter RSS Feed


About Penn Medicine   Contact Us   Site Map   Privacy Statement   Legal Disclaimer   Terms of Use

Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 800-789-PENN © 2015, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania space