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a farewell

Haunty_72dpi_2012_coverI have photographed many people over the years. Each person has his or her own interesting story. Sometimes there are people whose stories are particularly moving. Nancy Haunty is one of those people. In 2012 I was hired by the Swedish Hospital Foundation in Seattle to photograph Nancy for a special Foundation publication about women and cancer. It turns out that Nancy, who was in her early forties at the time, had dealt with several bouts of breast cancer after an initial diagnosis in 2002. She and her husband Jake came to the photo session at Discovery Park accompanied their two beloved bull dogs and by a large group of friends who loved and supported them.

Nancy was an inspiration to many as she battled years of metastatic breast cancer. Incredibly, she ran two half-marathons and climbed Mt. Adams with the support of Team Survivor Northwest. Sadly, Nancy died on May 13 at the age of 46. Though the encounter I had with her was brief, she is a person whose life was inspiring to me and to many who knew her. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with her.

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