presents, "The Cure Package" - A Photographic Essay Documenting Her
Journey with Stage III/Metastatic Breast Cancer
September 13, 2013
So often, a photography exhibit documents a fleeting moment or memory.
However, Lisa Boccard's
photographic essay, "The Cure Package" is an amazing story of survival beyond the moment preserved.
I wear pink to support Lisa
- 2013 Race for Women's Wellness 5K/Half Marathon.
Taken more than two decades ago, the photos now seem a little outdated and "80ish," but look deeply beyond the visual and get to know the subject.
Today, this exhibit says, "I am still here," and Boccard's life is a story that defied statistics, and one of purpose, where her
attitude and persistence have changed the community.
When "The Cure Package" debuted 19 years ago at The Towers of Quayside, she
hoped that the self-portraits would help other women understand the disease and send a message that, despite treatment, survivors could still claim and proclaim their femininity.
Black and white studio portraits depict Boccard
confronted with numerous medicine bottles; with head completely bald, she
poses beside mannequins with hair (or vice versa); and, ironically, the essay ends in color with an elated Boccard (who had then thought she
had overcome this stage of cancer) holding a young girl in her
Two years ago the mother of this girl (now an adult) was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away this past June.
sits on the Notre Dame seal situated in front of her
alma mater now merged as Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep.
was recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame
In 1991, at the age of 29, Boccard
was first diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer- after being misdiagnosed for 9 months.
Although declared "cancer free" 10 years later, by 2003, she
was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and given 5 years to live.
Life beyond her
diary, has evolved into a career dedicated to helping other women surviving breast cancer.
She is a co-founder of The Florida Breast Cancer Coalition and a Board member for Women Beyond Cancer.
In 2003, her
brother Vincent and his
wife Terry founded the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund
that helps provide funding for screening mammograms for women who cannot afford them.
In 1994, she
, along with other breast cancer advocates, presented President Clinton with 2.6 million signatures requesting the resources needed to end the breast cancer epidemic through Campaign "94 with The National Breast Cancer Coalition
I wear pink to support Lisa
- 2013 Race for Women's Wellness 5K/Half Marathon
fervid leadership has been crucial in the success of the Fund.
"In many cases, something like this is created to honor the memory of someone who has passed away," Boccard
stated in a 2012 interview.
"I am alive and here.
When I am introduced, people are shocked that I am alive.
It is amazing to see their reactions."
is also involved with the many fundraisers benefiting the Fund such as the Broward Health Coral Springs' Race for Women's Wellness and Glam-a-Thon events.
"My Dad once said: cancer has become your career.
In a way, he
It has changed my life in so many ways, said Boccard
graduated from the school in 1980.