Mission Portraits Of Cancer tells the stories of ordinary people as they face their journey with cancer. These are not the people that are powerbrokers, celebrities, athletes or have their own reality TV show. These are the other 99.9% that get up each morning, tend to their lives with little or no popular fanfare and whose voices the general public will likely never hear. Cancer is a disease that has no boundaries. It is unaffected by age, sex, race, religion. It does not matter if the person is rich or poor, wise or uneducated, moral or corrupt. If it were capable of thought and communication, it would tell us that it doesn’t care if you did something to deserve its presence. It is a voracious and at times unyielding partner. As a disease, no one deserves to dance with it. Those that are fated with cancer have one thing in common: they all manage the disease in very courageous ways. They face the fear, the daily pain and at times the overwhelming uncertainties of their illness with unyielding hope and bravery. Their fight appears on the surface to be simple. They go to war just to live another day, a week, a month and with any luck, many years. Yet hidden behind that veil of simplicity is perhaps one of the most daunting tasks that a person can face. Some cancers are relatively benign and easily cured. Others depending on the patients general health, early detection and good medical care can still be cured. Then there are those cancers whose prognosis are terminal. Yet despite withering odds, most people will grasp at any opportunity to beat even this foe. No matter how cancer touches any of us, all we want to do is to get back to the lives we had before being stricken by it. These are voices of hope, of courage and it is these stories that Portraits Of Cancer will continue to tell. This website is not for profit and none of the photos here are for sale and are not to be reproduced or used in any commercial way. If you are moved by these stories and are willing to show your appreciation, there are links to non profit cancer foundations that are deeply in need of any offering you can contribute. If you would like your portrait taken and have your story told on this website and you live in Washington or Oregon, please contact me.