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Not as I Pictured

  • John Kaplan, Director/Producer

About the Project

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan was at the top of his world. Never before ill, he was used to documenting the life ordeals of others. But when suddenly diagnosed with a rare case of potentially deadly Lymphoma, it was a blind side. Turning the lens on himself, Kaplan's remarkable imagery takes us beyond his despair and through his powerful belief that he can, and must, beat it. Through his visual journal, with help from his family, doctors, and even Mother Theresa and a rock star, Kaplan shares the same boundless determination that helped him become a famous photojournalist. One in three of us gets cancer. That means almost every family lives through it. Follow Kaplan's journey as he lives it through his own lens. Today, you can beat most cancers. Kaplan's story helps show us the way. Donations will keep our free DVD distribution program alive. Copies are free to patients, and those who love them. Our goal is to give away more than 10,000, along with patient, survivor, and caregiver educational kits.