SURVIVORS & ME

After I get done photographing colorectal cancer, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and desmoid tumor survivors for  500UNDER50BEFORE50 and the MY TRIBE, I ask caregivers, family members, friends or random passersby to photograph survivors and me by the bike. Not all survivors who I photograph are featured in this section — time constraints, tight schedules or location situations do not always allow for such shots (That, or I just flaked out and forgot. Tends to happen when I’m smack dab in the middle of enthrallment via these survivor connections). The important thing is that I was able to photograph their faces for the projects.

I look through these photos regularly, they serve as my high-octane kick in the pants. Even when I’m running on fumes in the middle of a 1,200 mile day/night, they drive me to keep pushing onto the next survivor. These survivor connections are the fuel that fires my mission.

SARA. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 25. NEW YORK.

Sara, a stage 3 colorectal cancer survivor diagnosed at 25, and me posing it up behind a noodles and company near Baltimore. Yes, you read right, 25 years old. It happens. She and her family were wonderful enough to meet me on their way back home in New York from a...

ANDREA. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 38. VIRGINIA.

Andrea, a stage 4 colorectal cancer survivor diagnosed at 38, and me posing by the bike in a Johns Hopkins parking ramp. I met her and her husband, Julio, at Johns Hopkins after Andrea's doctor appointments to photograph her for 500UNDDR50BEFORE50. After discovering...

AMY. STAGE 1 COLON CANCER/FAP. DIAGNOSED AT 23. MARYLAND.

I just spent a wonderful couple of hours connecting with fellow Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) patient Amy. She was diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer via FAP at age 23. She's the latest addition to 500UNDER50BEFORE50. Like my dad, Amy was the first in her...

SUE. STAGE 2 COLORECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 37. PENNSYLVANIA.

Hamming it up with Sue in her kitchen. She's a stage 2 colorectal survivor diagnosed, as you can see, wayyy before 50. She and her caregiving husband welcomed me into their home and all kinds of wonderful conversation ensued. Sue, a glorious addition...

RACHEL. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 39. PENNSYLVANIA.

Rachel (stage 3 colon cancer survivor diagnosed at 39) and me posing it up on the streets of Philly. No family history and as you can see, she's definitely under 50. Got a colon? You're at risk. Rachel, you're absolutely lovely addition to 500UNDER50BEFORE50. Thank...

JAMIE. STAGE 3 RECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 47.VIRGINIA.

So I took a little ride down to Virginia today to meet and photograph this lovely stage 3 rectal cancer survivor who is the latest addition to 500UNDER50BEFORE50. Jamie was diagnosed at 47 with no family history. Colorectal cancer, most definitely not just your...

TANYA. STAGE 4 COLORECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 27. PENNSYLVANIA.

While I was in Philly two days ago, I received a comment on an Instagram photo of mine. It came from a certain @tanyabell3 who said that she's a stage 4 colorectal cancer survivor diagnosed at 27 and that she lived in the Harrisburg, PA area. Fast forward to an hour...

DAKOTA. FAP/DESMOID TUMOR. DIAGNOSED AT 22/24. PENNSYLVANIA.

So I finally got to meet Dakota, a fellow Familial Adenomatous Polyposis(FAP)/DesmoidTumor patient. She is the first in her family to be diagnosed, like my dad was. I've been wanting to meet her for the past couple years. Finally it happened. Much wonderful...

JOVANNIE. STAGE 2 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 32. NEW JERSEY.

Here I stand next to one incredible woman who happens to be a stage 2 colon cancer survivor diagnosed at 32. Yes, this is colon cancer. Jovannie, much thanx for participating in 500UNDER50BEFORE50 ('twas an absolute pleasure photographing you), the on the edge of my...

HEIDI. FAP. DIAGNOSED AT 13. NEW YORK.

Her I stand with Heidi a fellow second generation Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) patient. She was diagnosed at age 13. Heidi, it was wonderful to meet you and share in some great conversation. Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph you for the FACEiT...