Two years ago, Cyndie French learned that her son, Derek was diagnosed with cancer, a disease that over 1 million people are diagnosed with every year. Despite the painful journey, Derek and Cyndie open their lives for a year to share their story, as cancer slowly steals his youth from him.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Feature Photography 2007. The story also won the Picture of the Year (POY) World Understanding award. An emotional journey of a mother and a son whose life is being cut short by cancer. It is a hard story that raises questions on how best to dedicate resources in cancer research to perhaps provide more support to the immediacy of the economical and emotional burden of families dealing with serious health situations.
Stories like this are often lost in the crowded media, but these are the stories that speak about us, these are the stories that are experienced by you and me, in real life. This is not about others.