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Stamford Photographer Captures Portraits of Hope

Pictures tell stories of cancer survivors

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Stamford, CT | Added on May 30, 2014 At 06:58 PM

The subjects of these photographs all share something in common.

"Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer," said Cynthia Bates, one cancer survivor who bravely shared her story for the portrait project.

"I had stage 4 colon cancer," said Darryl Spaulding, a Philadelphia resident who also bravely shared his story.  

They were also each treated at Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center, but there's also something else that bonds them.  

"To meet these great doctors, and they're giving me all this hope," said Spaulding.

"These pictures," said Bates, "It really shows our hope."  

Stamford photographer Tim Coffey captured each cancer survivor's story in Portraits of Hope.  The exhibit unveiled in the city Thursday night.

"It was really wonderful for me to be able to meet them and photograph them and to hear their stories," said Tim Coffey, Stamford resident and photographer.

Coffey has dedicated over 10 years of volunteer service to the hospital.  And donating his photography is just one of the ways he gives back.

"The great thing about this project is it really can give hope to other people and you don't know where it's going to go," said Coffey.  "People can just see it and take something away from it, which is amazing."

"It's a good feeling to be around the survivors and know that all of us, we've all gone on a journey, and we're just so happy to be here," said Bates.  

Each portrait, bringing to life health, happiness and hope.

"You can have cancer with dignity.  In which, I have cancer with dignity," said Bates, reflecting on her battle with cancer.  

"Just know a setback, is a set up for a comeback," said Spaulding.  

The portrait series unveiling comes just before the hospital's Hope in Motion walk run and ride.  It's scheduled for this Sunday, June 1.  Visit http://www.hopeinmotion.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1085199 to find out more. 

 


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