Let's start by picturing someone with cancer. Who do you picture in your head? Is it an old guy smoking a cigar? Is it a sick child in the hospital?
Or is it a high school student at a pep rally? I’m going to go out on a limb and say it wasn’t - but teens and young adults get cancer all the time. I was 15 years old when I was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Being a teenager or young adult is already a dramatic time in life to begin with. You’re busy trying to fit in, or trying to build a life, a career… and then you’re slapped with the big C word. When I got Cancer I felt lost and alone. It’s a feeling that stuck with me for years after my battle.
To explore my own experience, I film the stories of teen and young adult cancer fighters. They tell me about their triumphs and toughest times. No matter what the diagnoses were, we all have a common story arc.
It’s a powerful experience to interview, distill, and then show a person their own story. At my very first shoot, I knew this was going to be something I could never stop doing. There are countless teens and young adult cancer fighters across this country - more of them every day.
I started to think… what if I could reach them all?
I needed to hit the road.