#NoMoreOptions. No more hope. No more treatments. No more time.
No parent or family member wants to hear those three words. No More Options. No child deserves to die. No child deserves to be given up on because there is nothing more that can be done to save their life.
However, the reality of childhood cancer tells us otherwise. At least 250 children around the world die from cancer every day. These 250 families know the devastating reality of hearing #NoMoreOptions.
We believe that together we can change this reality. Funding pediatric cancer research isn’t just a nice thing to do… it is critically necessary to save the lives of children who need us to fight for them. We can’t fund research without your support. Research Is The Key.
The pain, the guilt, the suffering, the sadness that infiltrates the lives of the moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents and all of those who have loved a child who has died from cancer is real and crippling. A few courageous families have allowed us to take a personal look into their pain. A pain experienced exponentially by those who were touched by one of the 90,000 children lost to cancer each year worldwide.
This September, we hope you take a few minutes to watch these videos and educate yourself and others about the critical need for funding pediatric cancer research. We can make a difference. Please join us in putting an end to #NoMoreOptions.
Photographer Rich Johnson
recently completed a photo project for a local childhood cancer nonprofit
in Orlando, Florida. Titled #NoMoreOptions, it’s a series of portraits of people who lost a loved one to childhood cancer.
“As photographers, it’s often our job to take on controversial issues and present them to the public using imagery that makes a real impact,” Johnson says. “The weight of that impact is entirely up to us, so it’s very important to dwell on the best approach to embody a truth.”
After being asked to help shoot an awareness campaign for childhood cancer, which kills 250 children around the world every day, Johnson spent weeks studying existing ads that photographers and organizations had previously made. He noticed that virtually every campaign focuses on the children dealing with the disease.
“Photos of children who are suffering are extremely hard to take; so much so that people don’t like to look at them,” Johnson says. “When people don’t want to look at photos, it’s very hard to make them work as primary assets in an awareness campaign.”
So instead, Johnson decided to point his lens in a different direction, focusing on the pain that has been unleashed upon the people closest to children who have died from cancer.
Johnson asked parents and siblings to write and read letters to the children who had been taken from them.
“Hopefully, this new approach to shedding light on the unforgiving monster that is childhood cancer will bring on a new level of awareness to those who wish to simply look away from it,” Johnson says. “We can make a difference. Please join us in putting an end to #NoMoreOptions.”