Art exhibition celebrates clinical trial participants

An art exhibition coming to Indianapolis celebrates those who participate in clinical trials.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - There's a new art exhibit in town honoring people who participate in clinical trials.

Two million people take part in clinical trials every year, making new medicines possible. But their involvement isn't often recognized, so the "Hero's Journey Art Project" is hoping to change that.

Cancer Support Indy hosted a reception for the exhibit that's going to be in Indianapolis. It includes custom-made bricks, including some created by local clinical trial participants.

The hope is you'll leave the exhibition knowing how important clinical trial participants really are.

"I really want individuals to understand that clinical research is more than the big picture. It's about every single person's story that's a part of it," said Kelly McKee, clinical innovation adviser for Eli Lilly & Company. "Through something like 'The Hero's Journey,' we're able to honor those stories and thank people for participating.

This was the second exhibit in the "Hero's Journey Art Project." The first one is currently at LiveStrong in Austin, Texas. A third exhibition will be announced in the fall.