Powerful photo exhibit reveals the lives of breast cancer survivors

By on June 24, 2014
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The Alabama Project, an art exhibit that documents moments in the lives of breast cancer survivors from around the state, is on display at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center located in the Wallace Tumor Institute, 1864 Sixth Ave. South.

In the photo series, renowned photographer David Jay illustrates the richness, passion and struggles of each woman’s experience. The black and white photos capture the places survivors live, surrounded by friends and family or during quiet moments when a survivor stands alone.

The Alabama Project conveys the possibilities for addressing cancer health disparities that persist, not only in Alabama, but in regions throughout the world. Through the NIH/NCI-supported Deep South Network for Cancer Control at UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, many of the survivors pictured were reached by community health advisers trained as research partners who assisted them in recognizing the warning signs of breast cancer and accessing treatment for their disease. In turn, several survivors responded by becoming advocates for cancer education and prevention in their own communities. The photos offer glimpses of lives affected, but not overshadowed, by cancer.

Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of September. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge with photos on display in the first floor lobby and on the second floor of the Cancer Center.

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