Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Israel Cancer Association (ICA) has launched a new and unique comic book called "Hope and a Tear through the [Camera] Lens", written by Revital Leopold, who developed breast cancer, and was accompanied by her daughter Chen throughout her struggle with the disease and treatments; Chen communicates her mother's story through a camera lens.
Revital Leopold has coped twice with a malignant breast tumor and survived. The first time around she chose not to involve her family. When the tumor recurred Revital shared the unfortunate news with her family, and her daughter Chen, a professional photographer, chose to document the process with her camera, portraying the scenario from a different angle and a more optimistic perspective.
Through the camera lens, the book records the endless moments spent waiting for tests, undergoing treatments, coping with hair loss, but above all else - the will to continue with life's routine, despite and even because of the disease.
This experience shared by mother and daughter - from the moment of diagnosis to the moving news of the mother's recovery - is artistically reflected in the spectacular and touching photographs taken by Chen, combined with a comic strip written by Revital - which add a dash of humor and humanity to the process.
To receive a free copy of this book, please contact the ICA "Telemeida" teleinformation hotline at: 1-800-599-995.
Please click here to view the comic book
The ICA has led to the implementation of the National Mammography Screening Program, endeavors to increase prevention awareness and runs a broad-based support, accompaniment and rehabilitation network for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families.
This book was published courtesy of Roche, a pharmaceutical company which has been leading the "Roche Lends a Hand" project for the past ten years.