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Photo Essay | Cancer Can’t Catch Her – she peered into death’s eyes, spit in its face and lived happily ever after

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A Los Angeles cancer survivor struts her stuff for a photo shoot, tells her touching story to the photographer, and brings about a rare occurrence–he’s inspired to write a poem. And the fair maiden is living happily ever after.

Los Angeles photographer shot these photos of a cancer survivor who poses with sun behind her

Los Angeles cancer survivor pictures shot by photographer Gregory Mancuso ©

CANCER CAN’T CATCH HER

A photographer poses a Los Angeles cancer survivor against the afternoon sun

A photographer poses a Los Angeles cancer survivor against the afternoon sun

I know cancer can be fast.
Just a blur
Just a flash
A loved one is here
Then catch
Then gone

They told this lady she was caught
You don’t have long
Just a blur
Just a flash

The fine lady did protest
My days are not half done
I have another marathon to run
Life to love
More fun in the sun

Doctors here and doctors there
They shook their heads
Not much we can do
Not many days left

This lady didn’t give up
She searched far and wide
And when all hope was lost
It was found again

There’s a new medicine trick
It sounded like magic
But it hadn’t been tried
The lady bravely stood up
Let’s give it a ride.

…and then…

Los Angeles photography of cancer survivor smiling while running outside for photographer

Los Angeles photography of cancer survivor smiling while running outside for photographer

Lo and behold
Just like a fairy tale
The enchantment did work
The fair maiden was saved

I’ve seen cancer catch many, and drag them away. Uncles, aunts, cousins. Two friends, too young. One father, too sad.

So I was pleased, when this lady asked a favor of me. Make pictures for others, who are sick, to see, how they may be.

Show me running, healthy, happy and free.

Los Angeles woman running fast for the photographer during a shoot about cancer survivors

Los Angeles woman running fast for the photographer during a shoot about cancer survivors

Catch how I can be fast
Just a blur
Just a flash

The fine lady did attest
My days are not half done
I have another marathon to run

Photographer has low angle shot of woman running down Los Angeles street for fitness

Photographer has low angle shot of woman running down Los Angeles street for fitness

Life to love
More fun in the sun

Sun streams down on cancer survivor during photographer shoot in Los Angeles

Sun streams down on cancer survivor during photographer shoot in Los Angeles

written & shot by Los Angeles photographer Gregory Mancuso