Latina photo voice exhibit opens at Richmond City Hall

pic 234.JPG

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center is presenting a three-dimensional visual exhibit at Richmond City Hall illustrating the personal experiences of Latina breast cancer survivors. The exhibit is the product of a photo voice research project developed by VCU Massey Cancer Center in partnership with Nueva Vida, a support network for Latina women with cancer, and other community partners to give voice to the unique challenges and experiences of Latina women in the United States who are diagnosed with breast cancer.  In collaboration with the City of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the exhibit is on display at City Hall until October 26, 2012.

Breast cancer is a major concern and reality for many in the Latino community.   It is the leading cause of cancer death in Latina women, and is a life-changing event for those diagnosed with it and for their families.  This exhibit documents the compelling experiences of Latina women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Their stories are told through their own photographs, from their own point of view and experience, with courage and hope.

The exhibit invites the viewer to walk in these women’s shoes, see what they see, and feel what they feel.  An underlying goal of the exhibit is that these powerful stories depicted in a creative exhibition will provide insights into the physical, social, and emotional needs of Latinas with breast cancer. The organizers also hope that this exhibition will serve as an inspiration for others to get screened for cancer. When breast cancer is found early, it can be treated, and many women go on to live long, healthy, and happy lives after a cancer diagnosis.

The exhibit will be located on the main floor lobby at Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA, until October 26, 2012. The exhibit is free and open to the public, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.