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Personal Stories of Cancer's Impact

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The Road Has a Name

"It's scary to turn down an unfamiliar road, with nothing more than two tracks just wide enough for each tire. However, if you go slow, in low gear and take your time, with each mile one finds inner strength, courage, confidence, and beauty." - Jennifer Langille / Project Founder

To-date, with the support of GoFundMe donations, I have traveled over 20,000 miles collecting stories of those impacted by cancer and documenting the experiences of traveling around, through and over unique landscapes of America as a solo female traveler. I began the journey from my home state of Vermont, have criss-crossed the country over eight months, and encountered quite a few challenges along the way!

The decision-making process and physical experiences associated with navigating challenging and often scary natural terrain is extremely comparable to what a person must face when encountering a cancer diagnosis. When first presented, it's all surreal, scary and the mind can almost shutdown for a moment while trying to process what they've been told, what they see, and how they feel in that moment.

There are many variables to consider. There are emotions to manage. There's a moment where one has to "take stock" of what they can handle and what is too much, too risky, too scary. 

On this journey, I’ve been recording and documenting my own experiences as they pertain to navigating physical landscapes on my way to meet with those impacted by cancer. I’m collecting their stories, investigating the themes and parallels between their personal experiences to those of my own, and composing a book. The inspiration to produce this book is due to how cancer has influenced my life over the last twenty years.

This is NOT a book about Cancer. Cancer is the "muse" though it is not the staring role. It's about love, passion, determination, and overcoming fears of the unknown. The individuals featured have all been impacted by cancer, however, none are defined by cancer. Cancer has been that "mountain" or "desert" they had to navigate. It's that time they got "stuck in the mud" and figured out a way to become "unstuck."

I hope those reading will feel encouraged to share their story  and thereby inspiring me to navigate new landscapes.

BOOK SPECS (Subject to Change)

First Edition as a Hard Cover running at 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” (or close)
Target page count is 275-350 pages
Roughly twelve chapters (this could change, but not by much)
Full color images and or illustrations throughout
Targeted price point at retail is $35 or LESS (this of course is subject to change!)

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the book, please visit: www.photosthatunite.com 

If you share my passion for supporting those impacted by life-altering events like cancer through powerful, inspiring stories, and would like to contribute to it’s future, I hope you’ll consider becoming a donor.  

All individual donors will be listed in the acknowledgments of the first edition. All donations of $40 or more will be eligible for a *signed* copy of the book (eta. late 2019 - early 2020) and all donors will have the opportunity to help VOTE for the final cover artwork in 2019.
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Hello!

I hope this update finds all my donors well, looking forward to the holiday season, where I wish each of you time with family, friends and making memories!

I've been blessed with a wonderful opportunity to be stationary for the remainder of 2018 and it's just what the project needed. If you are following along on YouTube, may know by now Monty and I are doing a work exchange on a really incredible small dairy cow farm. The daily dose of fresh air while engaging in morning and evening farm chores has given the mind a fresh perspective!

To leverage this time, have accepted a writing challenge for the whole of November called, #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) Just about every day, aspiring writers around the world attempt to write, on average: 1,600 - 1,700 words daily. If one sticks to this, they will have roughly 50,000 words towards their manuscripts by end of the month!

In the last seven days I have strung together from the stories collected earlier in the year a total of 8,806 (a touch behind the average, thought each day I seem to gain momentum, which is very empowering!) Once I send this update out, back to work!

To support the continued efforts with project fundraising, I've been able to make the 2019 Photography Calendars available for purchase once again, with the addition of print sales.

To learn more about the available gift giving options to support the book, please visit: https://www.photosthatunite.com/shop/

Other than individual donations, this is our only source of income and your support with sharing these potential holiday gift ideas with friends will make a huge difference in keeping things in the black these next two months!

I've achieved as much as I have because of each and every one of YOU! My heart remains humble. THANK YOU!

Love and appreciation,
Jennifer + Monty
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Hello!

I'm sending out this update on behalf of those new to navigating cancer and in need of community support.

This one is close to home. Young Felicia (10 yrs old and diagnosed with a form of bone cancer) is the daughter of one my childhood friends, Sam. Sam was that friend in High School who made everyone around him feel included. The most positive attitude, happy and driven. It breaks my heart for him and his family to navigate childhood cancer.

Their GoFundMe Campaign: gf.me/u/mzpb2r

Sharing causes such as this is very important to the journey I'm on with writing this book. Helping those impacted by #cancer while they are in the thick of it - it's my north star.

Please join me as you can to support those members of your own community impacted by this disease as you can, however you can. A care-package, meal train, and of course, if possible monetary donations - it all adds up to supporting those navigating a landscape re-defined by cancer.

Please also know that if you are impacted, have someone close to you impacted and they are trying to raise support and need help with spreading the word - reach out! I will do everything I can to support outreach.

Thank you for your time today!

Gratitude and Love,
Jennifer + Monty
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HELLO!

Thank you to everyone who ordered a 2019 Calendar, email notification of shipment will go out soon!

In the meantime, as I've eluded to in previous video update ( https://youtu.be/k5LP3-Su_Wg ) I've slowed down with the travels. The primary focus has been on structuring the book, setting writing goals for the months ahead and of course the never-ending journey with funding.

I thought you all may like to see what I have planned! Attached is a mock-up to start feeling out what the book could look like. However, what I WANT to do in 2019 is have a couple of plays on the cover and title. My dream idea is for all the project donors to have a chance to VOTE on which cover they prefer!

Here we go, these details play an important factor in my writing schedule, budgets for production and overall project goals for distribution, etc. Therefore I don't imagine changing too-too much:

First Edition as a Hard Cover running at 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” (or close.)
Target page count is 275-350 pages.
Roughly twelve chapters (this could change, but not by much.)
Full color images and/or illustrations throughout.
Targeted price point at retail to be $35 or LESS (this of course is subject to change!)

You can also check out all the information on the NEW PAGE I built: https://www.photosthatunite.com/the-book/

Thank you for your support! At the time of this update, still no project partners/sponsors and will continue to fundraise and keep the project moving forwards. Please continue to share the campaign. 2018 is fully booked for interviews, but I am still welcoming submissions for 2019.

Much appreciation,
Jennifer
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Hello!

I'm running a 2019 Photography Calendar Fundraiser! Deadline to order is Monday, October 1st. All proceeds support the book project.

For more information and to order a copy ($34.73), please visit: https://www.photosthatunite.com/2019-photography-calendar/

Thank you for all your support!
Please share!
Cheers,
Jenn + Monty
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