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 hit the road and collect stories, the journey took an interesting turn. The people Jennifer met 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 type, 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 since her own experiences with cancer covered 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!)
The landscape and people touched by this project have significantly impacted Jennifer's life. The project has evolved into a comprehensive endeavor to publish a book. The goal is to create a resource to inspire those facing challenge. The use of powerful stories from those who have already navigated difficult life-altering events is a timeless means to encourage hope. What makes this project different and special will be how Jennifer weaves her own tales of overcoming the difficulties she has and will face as a solo female explorer in pursuit of those impacted by cancer in hard-to-reach areas of the North America.