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"Alaskans in Pink" photo exhibit opens at KGH


February 25, 2004
Wednesday - 1:15 am

"Alaskans in Pink", a photography exhibit by Alaskan photographers honoring individuals who have shown outstanding support to breast cancer patients, opens Friday March 5, 5-7pm in the lobby of Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH).

Each unique portrait incorporates one photographer's imaginative interpretation of the pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness. The intent of the exhibit, produced by Mary Katzke, founder of Affinityfilms, Inc. of Anchorage, is to show that there are many, many people in the support network of a breast cancer patient.

The figures portrayed are either the survivors themselves, or persons who have been sources of strength to them: a child, a nurse, a friend, a surgeon. One portrayal, a large format black and white photo of a young boy--Kori Lane of Juneau, photographed by Mark Daughhetee--is titled Reason to Fight. Its caption is a tribute by his grandmother, Sylvia Montero, who says:

"My entire family is important in my ten-year fight to survive this disease, but my grandson and I are inseparable.  He reaches high for me, bends down low, runs things here and there, and pulls the vacuum cord for me.  When I don't have the energy to do anything but lie down, he is beside me. We watch cartoons all afternoon sometimes. When I feel better, we go to movie matinees.  He is my joy, my reason to keep fighting."

"Alaskans in Pink" made its debut at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in May 2003, and is currently traveling around the state. At the March 5th opening at KGH, breast cancer survivors will receive pink roses. Chamber music and refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the front lobby of the hospital throughout the entire month of March.


Related Website & Photo Gallery:

"Alaskans in Pink" - Between Us: A First-Aid Kit For Your Heart & Soul


Source of News Release:

Ketchikan General Hospital
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