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Faces of Faith is a photographic exhibit of cancer survivors who have shared their stories of survivorship to encourage the demystification of cancer, and to support those who are living witnesses that one can maintain a vibrant life as a cancer survivor.
Sam Ogden, staff photographer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, took portraits of 32 cancer survivors, all of whom are volunteers from a variety of faith-based institutions in the Greater Boston area. The project was an effort through the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, and represents a collaboration between Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Faith-Based Cancer Disparities Network.
View the Faces of Faith photo gallery slide show
Formed in 2006, the Faith-Based Cancer Disparities Network is a collaboration of nine churches in the Boston area, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston (BMA). These groups have marshaled their collective efforts and resources to bring forth culturally appropriate programming to eliminate cancer disparities within communities of color. The primary purpose is to improve the health and well being of our community by reducing cancer mortality and morbidity and eliminating cancer disparities.
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) is committed to addressing issues pertaining to cancer disparities. The Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities provides an organizational framework for encouraging and facilitating disparities research, as well as minority clinical trial education and enrollment. The goal of the IECD is to reduce cancer disparities by stimulating the integration of disparities research throughout DF/HCC. Through the IECD, cancer center administration has supported this high priority effort by focusing on three key areas: 1) forging new relationships and partnerships to support all aspects of the IECD, particularly related to community relationships, 2) implementing and managing student training programs with a particular emphasis on underrepresented students, and 3) supporting career development programs for DF/HCC junior investigators.
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is the largest comprehensive cancer center in the country, bringing together the cancer research efforts of seven Harvard or Harvard-affiliated institutions: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, DF/HCC consists of more than 1,000 researchers with a singular goal — to find new and innovative ways to combat cancer.