The New York Times publicized a profile on the “Faces of Breast Cancer” by Tara Parker-Pope. The photo collage and oral histories featured various amazing personal stories of those who have been affected by breast cancer. The article is also an advertorial for the Faces of Breast Cancer project, which provides a forum for people to share stories and photographs. The overarching theme of this project is that cancer is described as an experience that is more than an illness, revealing deeply personal dimensions to what once was a private struggle.
The article opens with a quote from Amy, who resides in Baltimore:
Without the experience of cancer, I might not have taken the time to be an ice climber, risked being a sculptor or upended my life to more closer to my granddaughter.
The purpose of this project is to be a significant and interactive way for people to share their own breast cancer stories with others, putting a human face and name to breast cancer for many individuals. As a result, the project has created a database for people to find those with similar diagnoses and in the process appreciate the unique stories of each person, so that the loneliness of breast cancer is really a humane, dignified, and unifying communal experience for individuals and families.
American Friends of Rabin Medical Center supports Israel’s Rabin Medical Center’s BRCA Multidisciplinary Clinic, which serves as a preventative treatment center for high-risk women. Each year we host the Cheryl Diamond NYC 5k Schlep to help fund the BRCA Multidisciplinary Clinic. To learn more about the center click here. To donate to the center click here.