You may have heard me talking about Scar Stories over the last couple of years. Scar Stories uses creative projects to raise awareness about young adult cancer; funds for specialty care for this age group; and help these young people see their scars in a new light – one that is empowering and beautiful.
I met Scar Stories founder, Jasmine Gailer at a Cancer Survivors Day Fundraiser that I organised for the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2012. Jasmine proposed that I take some photographs of some very brave breast cancer survivors – the TBC’s (Tough Beautiful Chicks).
This year, I had the honour of photographing Paralympic Athletes, ChrisBond and Bridie Kean.
With a rare cancer taking four limbs at just 19, Chris could have buckled in defeat. He did the opposite, pushing his way to victory and love. Chris sees his scars as a badge of strength, character and courage. The experience has given him purpose and drive resulting in amazing achievements.
It took him just two years before he was representing Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games where he and his team won gold medals in wheelchair rugby. It was through this triumph that Chris met Bridie, a Paralympic silver medalist, who has dealt with body image issue her whole life. Bridie contracted meningococcal as a two year old, which resulted in the loss of both her feet and scarring on her leg.
Chris says ‘ I wanted Bridie to be a part of Scar Stories with me to change her perception of her body and embrace the beauty’
On Monday night, I attended the launch of the Scar Stories Book of Portraits. To say that I am incredibly proud to be a part of this organisation would be an understatement. Very blessed is me.
Order the Scar Stories Book of Portraits now online at www.scarstories.org