Photo art and two determined, loving moms are changing the views of pediatric cancer. After Liz Salguero and Dawn Ladenheim met in a support group for moms and siblings of children with cancer, Circle of Care was born. Circle of Care, which is a Wilton, Conn., nonprofit organization, provides emotional and financial assistance to families who have children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
As with many of their special projects, Life Within The Journey is a revealing photo art exhibit that is changing the lives of cancer patients and their families. This breathtaking photo exhibit, developed by Jeff Salguero, features 22 pediatric cancer patients and aims to change the view of childhood cancer. The goal of the traveling exhibit is to invite everyone to see the other side of a cancer diagnosis: the bravery, the spirit, the hope and to celebrate families who have endured so much. The photographer, Jeanna Shepard, does a beautiful job highlighting each child’s personality and bringing inspiration to all who see it. Accompanying text, written by Christine Baer, tells the powerful story of each child’s journey. These heroic children are patients of the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.
Life Within The Journey has been on exhibit in eight towns throughout Connecticut including the State Capital, which was sponsored by State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr., himself a pediatric cancer survivor who said, “Circle of Care’s powerful exhibit, ‘Life Within the Journey,’ reveals the other side of pediatric cancer; the side where life – in all its beautiful and complex detail – marches on.”