In August 2013, my sister passed away from Stage IV breast cancer that had quickly spread to her bones, at the age of 40. In August 2016, I began photographing portraits of breast cancer survivors and fighters with their sisters. This project is in dedication to her and to her daughter, my niece Julia.
I don’t have any portraits of my sister and I that captured our special connection, and I hope my portraits do that for other sisters, regardless of the outcome of their journey with breast cancer.
My goal with this work is to create a book and also a traveling exhibit of the work to be displayed in breast cancer treatment centers. Many of the survivors I photograph are advocates or have purpose-driven businesses to help other people affected by this disease. I would like to help spread their messages and also raise awareness that metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer needs more funding for research.
One of the subjects in the series is breast cancer survivor Dana Donofree, creator of AnaOno Intimates. In 2017, I began photographing AnaOno Intimates and Project Cancerland’s fashion shows, benefitting METAVivor. See Exposed.