I photographed a cancer awareness event on Wind River Indian Reservation last week. This event featured GE’s Mammovan, a mobile mammography unit that offers breast cancer screenings.
Cancer information classes were held and encouraging advice was given to the attendees. They also set up time for cancer survivors to tell us about their fight. It was tough hearing stories of great pain and struggle. These men and women were so brave to get up and tell them.
We were however, able to share laughs to lighten the mood at times. These ladies were a hoot!
In the evenings, we watched in awe and were even asked to join in the Native American healing and spiritual dances.
I was honored to document this event. It was eye-opening and at times, heartbreaking.
You can read an article of the event and about cancer risk statistics among Native Americans HERE.