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.

TWO LOVELY COLORECTAL CANCER SURVIVORS AND ME IN NYC.

Yes, I find myself in the middle of another survivor sandwich. A very inspiring place to be. Adalis (on my right) a stage 2 colorectal cancer survivor diagnosed at 21 (yes, 21) and Anna (on my left) a stage 4 colorectal cancer survivor diagnosed at 38. Colorectal...

DANIELLE. FAP. DIAGNOSED AT 22. MASSACHUSETTS.

Danielle and I in pose mode. She is a fellow Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) patient and was diagnosed at age 22. Like my dad, she was the first to be diagnosed with FAP. A very scary overwhelming situation. Especially with gaveling a young child. The wondering...

JENNIFER. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 38. MAINE.

Posing it up with Jennifer. An incredible stage 4 colon cancer survivor that I just got done photographing for 500UNDER50BEFORE50. She was diagnosed at age 38. Colon cancer, most definitely not just your grandfather's disease. Jennifer, thank you so very much for...

STEWART. STAGE 3B COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 36. MAINE.

So I just got done photographing a photographer that just so happens to be a stage 3 colon cancer survivor diagnosed at age 36. A great meeting filled with wonderful conversation. Much thanx Stewart. I will be meeting with another Portland area colon...

GERARD, HIS SON CAM AND THEIR FAP.

So yesterday I was finally able to meet an Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) I have gotten to know via Facebook. Long overdue. Here would be my fellow FAP’rs, Pictured you see three FAP’rs — son Cam on the left, his father Gerard on the left and that would be me in...

STARR. METESTATIC RECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 48. NEW HAMPSHIRE.

This is pretty interesting/cool. So I've been motoring towards this rustic cabin smack dab in the middle of White Mountain National Forest that booked on the cheap. I made it there in the rain. I unpacked, then headed to a little town west of the cabin to get...

JENNIFER, HER SON CODY AND THEIR FAP.

I just had the absolute pleasure of meeting and photographing Jennifer and her son Cody. They are both fellow Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) patients. Cody also has hemophilia. He has definitely been through it in his 19 years. Such a great spirit he has. Seeing...

LARRY. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 47. MARYLAND.

I just finished photographing Larry for 500UNDER50BEFORE50. He's a stage 3 colon cancer survivor diagnosed at age 47. As you can see, he's also an advocate of MotoTherapy. Larry, it was my absolute pleasure meeting you and your Buell Ulysses. Much thanks for...

JIM. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 31. WISCONSIN.

Just got done photographing Jim, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor diagnosed at 31, for 500UNDER50BEFORE50. He is truly an energized force to be reckoned with. Inspirational stuff aplenty. See for yourself, click here to read his story...