Quebecers are encouraged to submit their photos and help engage the
nation in conversations about cancer
MONTREAL, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Breast cancer survivor Denise Baillergon
poses during treatment to show the radiation guide marks on her neck and
torso. When Diane Dupuis-Kallos dermatologist removed one of her moles, it was
discovered to be a melanoma. Twenty-one stitches were needed and a five-inch
scar remains after the surgery to remove the cancer.
These are just a few of the hundreds of images and stories being unveiled
today at the Quebec launch and opening of Cancer Connections - a travelling
photo exhibition of black and white images showcasing the broad range of how
cancer affects the lives of countless Canadians.
Cancer Connections will be on display and free to the public at Place des
Arts' Esplanade from Wednesday, September 3rd until Sunday, September 28th.
The launch, being held today, features speakers:
- His Worship, Mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay
- Actress Mireil e Deyglun, who told her story for one of Cancer
- Louise Labrie, President of the Board of the Quebec Division of the
Canadian Cancer Society
- Andrew Stawicki, award-winning photographer and co-founder of
Demonstrating how we are all connected and that "a picture tells a
thousand words", volunteers will present a choreographed performance developed
especially for Cancer Connections.
From September 3 to September 28, 2008, Cancer Connections photography
exhibition in Montreal will feature 360 images by professional and amateur
photographers (50 from Quebecers) and will grow to 1,000 images for its grand
finale in the nation's capital in 2010.
A virtual exhibition will run concurrently on the Cancer Connections
website and also will be permanently captured in a book and DVD. Canadians are
invited to submit their photos now and over the next two years for
consideration within the travelling exhibition. All eligible submissions will
be posted on the official PhotoSensitive Cancer Connections website. Details
are available on www.photosensitive.com/cc.
PhotoSensitive, a non-profit, national collective of photographers
determined to explore how photography can contribute to dialogue and impact on
important issues of the day, has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society to
bring the Cancer Connections exhibition to major centers in each province
through to 2010, including Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal,
St. John, Halifax, Charlottetown, St. John's, Toronto and Ottawa.
"The vision of PhotoSensitive and the purpose of Cancer Connections is to
invite Canadians to tell their story of living with cancer, in their own
words, through the power of black and white photography," says Andrew
Stawicki, co-founder of PhotoSensitive. "This sharing will be a catalyst for
engaging and connecting the nation in conversations about cancer."
So many people in Canada, and the world for that matter, live every day
with cancer whether as a patient, a survivor, a medical professional, a
caregiver or a loving, supportive family member or friend. In fact, since
2005, cancer, the leading cause of death in Quebec.
"With two in five Canadians facing a diagnosis of cancer in their
lifetimes, Cancer Connections' powerful images will help connect Canadians and
spark conversations," says Louise Labrie, President of the Board, Canadian
Cancer Society, Quebec Division.
"These photos reveal what's at the heart of dealing with cancer - it's
very real and very personal. No two stories are the same. While many people
may hear the words `you've got cancer', each person's life is affected
differently by those same words," adds Labrie, a lung cancer survivor that was
diagnosed almost two years ago. "And that's why the Canadian Cancer Society
listens and then provides personalized information and support to help
patients and their loved ones live with and beyond cancer.
Both Photosensitive and the Canadian Cancer Society hope that
conversations about cancer - formal and informal - will take place in small
communities and major centers from coast-to-coast as Cancer Connections
travels across the country. Many will take place at the exhibition itself,
around the DVD or coffee table book, and at events and activities organized by
the Canadian Cancer Society.
Chase Card Services, the event's presenting sponsor, is the credit card
division of JPMorgan Chase & Company. Chase Card Services is the second
largest issuer of Visa and MasterCard globally.
PhotoSensitive is a non-profit, national collective of photographers that
harnesses the power of the camera to contribute to dialogue and impact on
important issues of the day. For the past 18 years, the sum of these visions
has provided compelling social comments on issues such as AIDS, child poverty,
hospital care, health, racism, injustice, literacy among First Nations
peoples, and the aftermath of the tsunami disaster, to name a few. Cancer
Connections is its most ambitious project to date. Utilizing photographers
across Canada to photograph issues that impact the well-being of Canadians,
PhotoSensitive uses the camera to tell a story, spur viewers to action and
change the world, one photo at a time.
Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer visit our website at www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free,
bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
Chase Canada is the presenting sponsor of the Exhibition. Since 1965,
JPMorgan Chase has provided Corporate and Investment Banking products and
services to the Canadian market under the JPMorgan brand. In 2005, the company
expanded and became the credit card issuer of the Sears MasterCard and Sears
Card in Canada. Now, the company also offers the Marriott Rewards Platinum
Visa Card and the Chase Gold MasterCard under the Chase brand. JPMorgan Chase
employs more than 1,600 Canadians in its offices in Surrey, B.C., Toronto and
For further information:
For further information: and for interviews: PhotoSensitive Cancer
Connections: Valerie Gonzalo, (514) 626-6976, firstname.lastname@example.org; Johanne
Carrier, (514) 591-0502, (514) 751 9983 (pager), email@example.com; Jennifer
Lynn, (416) 759-9863, firstname.lastname@example.org; Canadian Cancer Society, Quebec
Division: André Beaulieu, Senior Consultant, Public Relations, (514) 393-3444,