The faces of cancer - Metro US

The faces of cancer

Who gets prostate cancer? What do they look like? A new photo exhibit takes us into the inner world of this disease, showing us the fear, sadness, love, loss and hope that survivors and their families feel.

Prostate cancer got personal recently when 246,000 Canadians participated in Movember to raise money and awareness about the disease. Today, a photo exhibit called TIEd Together begins in Toronto before going across Canada.

“The images illustrate the faces of prostate cancer — men of all ages and races and their families. It communicates that prostate cancer doesn’t just affect the man, but the whole family,” says Rebecca von Goetz, executive vice president of Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) in Toronto.

The exhibit was created by PCC in partnership with PhotoSensitive, an organization that calls attention — through black-and-white photography — to social issues such as AIDS, First Nations literacy and natural disasters.

TIEd Together includes more than 100 images and 10 video interviews with cancer survivors and their loved ones.

Included in the exhibit are pictures of Jack Layton, Pierre Trudeau and Alex Baumann.

The exhibit will show at Brookfield Place in Toronto from Jan. 10 to 21. PCC is looking at future showings in Vancouver, Calgary Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa.

“As devastating a disease as it is, the images show hope and the strength that these survivors have to continue to enjoy life, despite its challenges,” says von Goetz.

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