NEW Breast Cancer Survivor Portrait Released - "Hero IV Life"
The Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project: A Fine Art & Photography Essay of Survivors recently released the next official image in the ongoing all survivor series seeking to promote awareness and raise funds for various Breast Cancer causes.
The newest official release is number 29 in the planned 50 image series. So far 32 women from all over the United States and as far away as Australia have come to South Florida to be painted and photographed for this inspiring project.
The project aims to include women of all ages, backgrounds, sizes, and shapes as well as various stages of their journey be it pre, post or non-reconstructive.
Each image is custom designed and tailored to the participating survivor. Their design symbolizes something important to them or their personality and relates to the larger story of a breast cancer survivor. Many of the images have layers of detail and symbolism but you'll have to buy the book (when it's done) to get the inside scoop, behind the scenes images and most importantly the inspiring survivor stories and bios.
The lastest portrait titled "Hero IV Life" - features mild mannered survivor Rosemarie Mancuso - who in reality is an inspiring hero to many around her. She unseats the previous oldest survivor in the project – Jamie whos dramatic portrait "Agony & Beauty" which was invovled in a facebook censorship controversy, was painted on her at 63 years old. Rosemarie is brave and youthful 71 years old giving people hope on a daily basis. She was diagnosed at Stage IV and given a frightning 2 MONTHS to live... an astonishing 15 YEARS ago!!! That alone is amazing, but she has also since been diagnosed and beat lung cancer as well as outliving two of her doctors since her initial diagnosis. Rosemarie wanted an image that speaks to strength and perseverance and although many around her consider her a hero she remains grounded and believes everyone must be their own hero and fight as best they can. Incorporating the roman numeral "IV" into the chest logo this portrait is aimed to help raise awareness and hope for those diagnosed at Stage IV. Their options and longevity is improving every day over the near death sentence it used to be in the past. The image relates to the larger breast cancer story in that survivors are all Heroes to those around them and more need to see that strength in themselves to defy the odds - we hope this helps.
The images in the seriies are available as fine art prints and framed pieces with 15% of the profits being donated to various breast cancer causes and foundations.
Additional products such as coffee mugs, iPhone covers, mousepads, journal books, calendars and greeting cards just to name a few are available at http://www.cafepress.com/
Follow the BCABPP on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
BCABPP = Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project: A Fine Art & Photography Essay of Survivors. An inspirational all survivor project for awareness and fundraising.