Breast Cancer Patient Photos Touch Many Lives

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one Midland woman is sharing her story through pictures.  She's getting more than she bargained for though, it's gaining quite a bit of attention in the community.

Kris Curtis was diagnosed with breast cancer in April.

"I'm not scared, I know I'll be fine. It's hard sometimes, but I don't live in fear," Kris Curtis said.

Hope, courage, and faith were all things she says have gotten her and her family through her sickness. That's why she had pictures taken.

"I wanted something for my kids to look back on. Something they can say they over came," Curtis said.

Those simple, black and white photos got more attention than she or her photographer, Rachel Austin had ever imagined.

"It was humbling to know that something we're doing touched peoples lives," Curtis said.

In just a matter of hours after the pictures were posted on the Facebook, strangers began leaving comments; saying they appreciated them, and wanted to know how they could purchase copies.

"I had a lady approach me that had breast cancer and cried when she saw the photo. To see someone that was able to be photographed without hair meant a lot to people," Austin said.

That's when Curtis and Austin decided to sell copies of the photos and donate part of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

"It's hard to even think I'm acting as a role model. It's an honor that I can make a difference. There are other women who fought tougher battles and I looked up to them; now it's a blessing for me," Curtis said.
Little did the women know those snapshots documenting a special and trying time in Curtis' life would have the power to touch so many lives.

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