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Man dons pink tutu to raise breast cancer awareness

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 01:31

April 22 - Photographer dons a pink tutu to help breast cancer patients during their time of treatment. Elly Park reports.

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Photographer Bob Carey has been taking pictures for the past twenty years. But since 2002 he specializes in self portraits that are quite unusual: he is wearing nothing but a pink tutu. His Tutu Project was originally commissioned by a ballet company, but when his wife Linda was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, his work took on a whole new meaning. SOUNDBITE: Bob Carey, Photographer, saying (English) "She started taking my images into the cancer center and showing the women during their treatments and it made them happy and they really loved them. It was just on her phone or on her laptop or something. And I decided, you know at that point, I'm gonna, I want to make a book." And so "Ballerina" was born, a book featuring more than 120 photographs taken from places across the United States, everywhere from Arizona to Washington D.C. Although Carey admits that he doesn't know exactly what it's like to live with cancer, he says that he tries mimics the isolation and vulnerability that patients must feel in his work. SOUNDBITE: Bob Carey, Photographer, saying (English) "There is not really a lot they can do, you know? It's just like me having a tutu on and something happens and I'm just standing there." The proceeds of the book will help patients get treatment but at the same time Carey hopes that his work will assist struggling women to find their inner ballerinas.

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Man dons pink tutu to raise breast cancer awareness

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 01:31