Powerful Photo Exhibit - PhotoSensitive's Cancer Connections in Partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society - Launches 2009 Tour on June 10



    
    Bryan Adams Contributes Photo

    Canadians Encouraged to Submit Images
    

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - She's lost her hair due to aggressive cancer
treatment, but her eyes show serene, calm determination as she stares straight
into the camera. This photograph, submitted by Canadian singer and songwriter
Bryan Adams, is a powerful addition to the already hundreds of moving images
comprising the Cancer Connections photography exhibition.
    Cancer Connections will launch its five-city 2009 tour in Regina,
Saskatchewan on Wednesday, June 10 at Victoria Park. The show will run until
June 28.
    PhotoSensitive, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society and
sponsored by Chase Canada, launched Cancer Connections in 2008 to show the
many ways cancer affects the lives of Canadians. The show will run until 2010.
    "Cancer Connections invites Canadians to tell their story of living with
cancer through the power of black and white photography," says Andrew
Stawicki, co-founder of PhotoSensitive. "This sharing of images is a catalyst
for engaging and connecting Canadians in conversations about cancer."
    "Each image captures a moment in somebody's cancer experience - it's very
real and very personal," says Peter Goodhand, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society.
"People's determination to make life their priority, not cancer, weaves
throughout the images. Every moment counts, both the hopeful ones and the
tough ones."
    Other 2009 tour destinations and dates for the Cancer Connections
traveling photo exhibition are:

    
    -   Winnipeg, Manitoba: July 15 to August 5 at The Forks;
    -   Saint John, New Brunswick: August 19 to September 3 at King Square;
    -   Halifax, Nova Scotia: September 10 to 27 at Dalhousie University;
    -   St. John's Newfoundland: October 6-25 at Scotia Plaza.
    

    The inaugural Cancer Connections exhibition, launched in Toronto in May
2008, featured 300 images by professional and amateur photographers. The
exhibition now has almost 450 photographs as people across Canada contribute
their images.
    "This exhibit provides a unique, accessible way to bring people together
across Canada to share images and stories about cancer," says Goodhand. "We
encourage people to submit their photos and to attend this powerful
exhibition."
    More information about how to submit photos can be found on the Cancer
Connections website - www.photosensitive.com/cc.
    To learn more about cancer, or join the fight against this disease, visit
www.cancer.ca.

    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 19 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.
    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. Cancer
Connections is its most ambitious project to date. All PhotoSensitive
photographers freely donate their time and talent to every project.
    With the permission of June Callwood's family, PhotoSensitive dedicates
Cancer Connections to her memory to honour her life and work. More information
about PhotoSensitive can be found at www.photosensitive.com.

    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.

    About Chase Card ServicesCanada

    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(R)
MasterCard(R) and Sears Card in Canada. Now, the company also offers the
Marriott Rewards(R) Platinum Visa(R) card, the Chase Gold MasterCard(R) card,
the Canadian Cancer Society MasterCard(R) card and more recently the Best
Buy(R) Reward Zone(TM) Visa(R) card under the Chase brand. JPMorgan Chase
employs more than 1,600 Canadians in its offices in Surrey, B.C., Burlington,
Ottawa, and Toronto, Ontario.
    More about Bryan Adams photograph: Adam's photo of Donna, a woman
undergoing cancer treatment, appeared in his first book of photographs, Made
in Canada. Donna was in the last stages of extreme chemotherapy and radiation
when the photo was taken. Adams' found her to be an inspiration as he put his
book together. Sadly, Donna passed away at age 38.

    
    Note: Bryan Adams is not available for interviews.

    Media backgrounder: PhotoSensitive's Cancer Connections in Partnership
    with the Canadian Cancer Society - Launches 2009 Tour

    About the exhibition
    
    PhotoSensitive, a national collective of photographers that combines
artistic excellence with social justice, has partnered with the Canadian
Cancer Society to present a two-year nationwide photo exhibition called Cancer
Connections. Chase Canada is the presenting sponsor of the exhibition.
    The exhibition consists of real life images (from both professional and
amateur photographers) of people who have been touched by cancer and were
inspired to share their stories through black and white photographs. Each
photo's story is told in a brief caption in both English and French.
    After debuting in Toronto in May 2008 with 300 images, the show was
exhibited in Montreal and Charlottetown. Now, with almost 450 images, Cancer
Connections is launching its 2009 tour in Regina, Saskatchewan on Wednesday,
June 10 at Victoria Park. The show will run until June 28.
    Other 2009 tour destinations and dates for the Cancer Connections travel
ing photo exhibition are:

    
    -   Winnipeg, Manitoba: July 15 to August 5 at The Forks;
    -   Saint John, New Brunswick: August 19 to September 3at King Square;
    -   Halifax, Nova Scotia: September 10 to 27 at Dalhousie University;
    -   St.John's Newfoundland: October 6-25 at Scotia Plaza.
    

    The tour will continue in 2010, travelling to: Vancouver, British
Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; and Ottawa, Ontario.
    Like previous PhotoSensitive exhibitions, Cancer Connections is
attracting a broad spectrum of Canadians as many have been touched by cancer.
Staged in prominent, central, outdoor venues the exhibition is designed for
maximum access to enable all to attend at no charge and engage in the
experience.

    The goals

    With two in five Canadians facing a diagnosis of cancer in their
lifetime, there has never been a more critical time for such an exhibition.
The project's goals are to:

    
    -   raise awareness about the disease and the impact it has on the lives
        of everyday Canadians, and;
    -   encourage Canadians to increase their knowledge of cancer, including
        cancer risk and prevention.
    

    For the photographers and their subjects this is deeply personal. Their
images may recall a loved one they have lost, celebrate their own survival or
their continuing battle with cancer. The images and stories, and the sharing
through Cancer Connections provides healing for many people. As well, visitors
to the exhibition who also have been touched by cancer may find comfort,
solace, inspiration and hope by sharing in this experience.

    About the partners

    PhotoSensitive,a national, non-profit collective of photographers founded
in 1990, was created by former Toronto Star photographer Andrew Stawicki and
former Toronto Star graphics editor Peter Robertson.
    PhotoSensitive's goal is to combine artistic excellence with social
justice. The collective brings together the photographic talents of
photographers to harness the power of the camera to achieve social goals. For
the past 18 years, the sum of these visions has provided compelling social
comments on issues such as AIDS, child poverty, hospital care, literacy among
First Nations peoples, and the aftermath of the tsunami disaster. All
PhotoSensitive photographers freely donate their time and talent to each
project.
    The collective is now reaching out to photographers across Canada to
photograph issues that impact the well-being of Canadians. They use the camera
to tell a story, make a social comment, and spur viewers to action. They are
changing the world, one photo at a time.
    PhotoSensitive's most recent exhibition - Cancer Connections - invites
professional and amateur photographers across Canada to participate in its
most ambitious project yet.

    Canadian Cancer Society: leading the fight against cancer nationwide.

    The Canadian Cancer Society has been making a difference in the lives of
Canadians since 1938.
    The 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. The Society achieves its mission by:

    
    -   funding excellent research on all types of cancer
    -   offering comprehensive information about cancer
    -   providing support to people living with cancer
    -   speaking out to prevent cancer and help those living with it
    -   promoting healthy lifestyles and strategies for reducing cancer risk
    

    Nationally respected and locally connected, 170,000 volunteers across
Canada work with 1,200 dedicated staff to deliver the Society's mission. The
Society has national offices in Toronto and Ottawa,ten provincial and
territorial divisions and hundreds of community offices throughout Canada.

    About Chase Card Services Canada

    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(R)
MasterCard(R) and Sears Card in Canada. Now, the company also offers the
Marriott Rewards(R) Platinum Visa(R) card, the Chase Gold MasterCard(R) card,
the Canadian Cancer Society MasterCard(R) card and more recently the Best
Buy(R) Reward Zone(TM) Visa(R) card under the Chase brand. JPMorgan Chase
employs more than 1,600 Canadians in its offices in Surrey, B.C., Burlington,
Ottawa, and Toronto, Ontario.





For further information:

For further information: If you wish to speak to a Canadian Cancer
Society or PhotoSensitive representative, please contact: Alexa Giorgi,
Bilingual Communications Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, (416) 934-5681;
James Burns, PhotoSensitive Project Coordinator, james@photosensitive.com,
(905) 282-9074


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