Cancer and kinship

While photographing this mother and daughter at Children’s Hospital last week, I asked Mom if she shaved her head to support her daughter going through chemotherapy.


“I let Mary shave my head,” she replied. “My hair was really, really long, and I let her shave it all off.”

“And now you will grow your hair back together,” I said.

The intimacy between the two was also evident in the playfulness they revealed. I try to capture both the playful moments as well as the sober ones when my subjects are relaxed enough to share both with me.

Who wins?
Who wins?

*Mary is a fictitious name. We protect the privacy of patients by keeping their identities private.

Author: cathykellyphotography

Independent photographer based in Pittsburgh PA and Naples FL. Nature, landscape and portrait photography. Portfolio includes international work in USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Email to review work in your area of interest. Nature portfolio includes flowers and wildlife. Prints and digital files for sale. See website:

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