A documentary project founded by photographer/writer Jennifer Langille.
To investigate the parallels between navigating the physical landscapes of North America via overland vehicle-supported travel and navigating the unknown figurative landscapes of a cancer diagnosis.
To provide those impacted by cancer a platform to share their story.
To publish a book that inspires the reader to feel more brave in the face of challenging life-altering events, like a cancer diagnosis.
01. Interview and photograph people who have been impacted by cancer over the course of 2018 and into 2019.
02. Navigate remote areas of North America and document the experiences of driving a Jeep through challenging landscapes over the course of 2018 and into Spring/Summer of 2019.
03. Publish a book by 2020 containing the powerful stories of cancer's impact and the documented experiences Jennifer faced while learning to navigate the challenging regions of North America as a solo female overlander.
“If the road has a name, someone cares enough to maintain it.”
Jennifer Langille | FOUNDER
The project, originally titled, Photos That Unite, began in October of 2017 with a simple aim to unite those impacted by breast cancer through photography and personal interviews. When it came time to actually collect stories from the road of those impacted by breast cancer, the "road" took an interesting turn. The people Jennifer met impacted by cancer where not impacted by breast cancer specifically.
In fact, she was not meeting anyone impacted by breast cancer at all! These passing strangers shared and illustrated how cancer has many names, does not matter the name, each is life-altering. During these encounters from the east coast to Nevada, the individuals met often felt as though their story was not worthy of the project because it was the “wrong cancer.”
There is no “wrong cancer”. Cancer is cancer and it changes the landscape of one’s life. Jennifer felt horrible! Especially as her own experience with cancer covers melanoma, lung, thyroid, pancreatic, lymphatic, bone, stomach, mouth, ovarian, breast... it’s all cancer. By April of 2018 she kept the name of the project, however re-wrote the mission to include:
Giving voice to those impacted by cancer (any cancer!)
Now into July of 2018, the landscape and people touched by this project have significantly impacted Jennifer's life. What began as a simple project has evolved into a comprehensive endeavor to publish a book. The goal is to create a resource that inspires those facing the challenges of cancer to be a little more brave through powerful stories from those who have already navigated this challenging landscape. In addition, include tales from Jennifer's travels as she navigates the physical landscapes of North America in her Jeep Unlimited Rubicon.