TIEd Together was the first of its kind - an entire photo exhibit with images of prostate cancer survivors. After the debut of Cancer Connections in May 2008, it was evident how many Canadians are affected by cancer. People came forward, sharing their stories of survival and loss with the entire world.
A small percentage of these images were submitted by prostate cancer survivors, offering a glimpse into an otherwise private and personal disease. As a result, PhotoSensitive teamed up with Prostate Cancer Canada, to document and tell the stories of Canadian men living and surviving with prostate cancer, through their compelling images.
What does TIEd Together represent?
At a time when one in seven Canadian men is diagnosed with prostate cancer, there has never been a more pressing need for PhotoSensitive to join forces with Prostate Cancer Canada to raise awareness of the disease. In fact, prostate cancer is as prevalent to men as breast cancer is to women.
With over 100 images and a considerable video component, TIEd Together has successfully brought attention to prostate cancer survivors. Their stories of diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and loss all emphasize the importance of early testing. With such high incidence of this disease, early detection is of absolute importance.
These images of prostate cancer survivors are not only visually captivating, they also tell us real stories. Men speak outwardly about diet, medication and the importance of love and support. TIEd Together is not solely comprised of images of prostate cancer survivors. Many photos show us the impact of the disease on their children, wives, friends and family.
Images of Prostate Cancer Survivors
Photo by Dirk Heydemann
In this image Janine kisses her dad, Andy, who has been a prostate cancer survivor for almost 10 years now. She is happy to still have her father in her life and thankful that he can be an adoring grandfather to her two young kids. Andy is as healthy as ever and enjoys playing golf with his daughter, something that they both love to do together.
Photo by Amber Bracken
Mike Williams, 52, has played hockey since he was six years old and has spent the last 13 years coaching. Diagnosed in March 2011, Mike says the team has been like a family to him. Here he wears a cape signed by all of the kids, parents and friends who support his fight against prostate cancer. Mike was honoured as 2011 Coach of the Year.
Photo by V. Tony Hauser
An image of Simon, prostate cancer survivor, and wife Cheryl Samuel enjoying a bubble bath at the Le Meridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto as they celebrate Simon’s birthday.
Photo by Jason Stang
This image shows the public that you don’t have to be 60 to be a prostate cancer survivor. At the early age of 43, Brett Wilson got a chilling call from his urologist telling him that he had an advanced case of prostate cancer. “So much for this being an old man’s disease,” Brett says. A Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, leading deal-maker on CBC’s award winning Dragons’ Den and soon-to-be host of Risky Business, Brett has not let cancer bring him down. Only a year after hormone therapy and radiation, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.
TIEd Together’s National Success
TIEd Together opened in November of 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Prostate cancer survivors whose images were featured in the exhibit took part in the official launch. Photographers and subjects joined together to garner support for the disease.
TIEd Together has since traveled to major Canadian cities, including Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB and Vancouver, BC.