Volunteer photographers snapping free portraits of cancer patients

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 7:26 PM

SEATTLE -- When you or your loved ones are in the middle of a cancer fight, the last thing on your mind is a portrait. Now a group of volunteer photographers is stepping up and allowing patients to "check that off their list."

Patients visiting their oncologist at Virginia Mason Wednesday went right afterward to a makeshift photo studio. They even had their makeup and hair done for free. 

Earnie Glazener heads "Learning Education and Networking Around Photography" and is himself a prostate cancer survivor.

"It means a lot to us, giving back to the community," Glazener said. "Cancer patients don't always have time and or money to go out and do a nice portrait. So we wanted to make it easy for them."

Larry Lither, 66, is in remission from pancreatic cancer. As he posed with wife Barbara and their cat, Chewy, he admits he looks a lot better now than he did a year ago when he was undergoing treatment.

"I've been told I'm cancer free and I intend to stay that way."

Glazener says he's glad to provide this service.  Some of the people he photographed last year are no longer here, but their families tell him they appreciate having a precious image of their loved one.
 

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