With deep sadness we share the news that our dear friend Chris Brunkhart has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to his liver.
For anyone who snowboarded in the mid and late 90s, especially in the Pacific Northwest, Chris’ name is synonymous with the artistic, austere, and evocative approach he brought to snowboard photography. Chris’ powerful images helped inform who we were and how we thought of ourselves as individuals finding our way in the world, and indeed they continue to take our breath away.
For the past year, Chris has been living happily in Brooklyn, shooting landscape photography and field portraiture, while dabbling in mixed media sculpture,
woodworking, and continued contributions to film and video projects. Upon his diagnosis in September, Chris returned to Portland with his partner so he could be with family and friends during his treatment and enroll in the Oregon Health Plan. Today we are asking for your help as Chris faces a painful and uncertain road forward.
Your support will help cover the integrative and alternative treatments that Chris is pursuing with strength and optimism, in addition to the intense chemotherapy he has already begun. Your support will also help offset the very deep financial drain that Chris, his partner and his mom now face as they become full time patient and caregivers. Our thanks in advance for your generosity, kindness and most especially for your friendship which means the world to Chris.
We are each just one devastating diagnosis away from the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that Chris is now up against. Our collective efforts can truly make a difference and help lift and carry Chris through this scary time. By making a donation you’ll also be added to an email list so you can stay up to date on events and benefits coming up in Portland, San Diego and NYC. Thank you.
See Chris’ most recent works at chrisbrunkhart.com
and read Snowboarder’s inspiring Lenscrafters interview with Chris from July 2014 here