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By staff
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On June 5, graduates of the Pablove Foundation’s Pablove Shutterbugs photography program at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center will display their works of art in a gallery show at Bergen Community College from 5 to 7 p.m.

Through a grant secured by the HackensackUMC Foundation from the LIVESTRONG Foundation, 15 students, ranging in age from six to 20 years old, participated in Pablove Foundation’s Pablove Shutterbug Photography Program.  The five week workshop series teaches young people living with cancer to find their creative voice through the art of photography.  The photography students meet once a week for two hours each session in a sun-filled art studio to express their unique perspective through the lens of a camera.  The workshops are offered in the fall and spring in a donated space at Bergen Community College.  The program culminates with a gallery exhibition of the artwork that is created during these workshops.       

 “Viewing the photographs framed and on display can affirm our patients’ sense of individual pride and enable them to share their personal vision with others,” said Ellen Goldring, section chief of Child Life/Creative Arts Therapy at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.
“Natural bonds are likely to form by virtue of the participants’ shared experience.  Some are in active treatment. Some have been off treatment for quite some time.”
Working with one photography teacher and three teaching assistants, each participant is given a digital camera to keep as their own, along with instruction on photography techniques, lighting, and portraiture. The young artists also have the opportunity to work outdoors, capturing the foliage on the Bergen Community College campus in the fall and spring.

“The class was awesome,” said Ahtziri Garcia, age 12 of Garfield. “I initially took the class to get my mind off some things and to complete a dream to learn how to take good photographs.  The class taught me a lot of skills and has made me take a closer look at things. I actually see things differently now because of the class. I am grateful for the opportunity.”
The Los Angeles-based Pablove Foundation is dedicated to investing in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research, inspiring cancer families through education and improving the lives of children with cancer through the arts. The Pablove Shutterbugs program has been implemented in cities across the country. The LIVESTRONG Foundation looks at the experiences of the cancer community, finds problems and develops solutions. It finds new ways to raise awareness, increase outreach, and facilitate collaboration in an effort to improve the lives of people with cancer.
Established in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the HackensackUMC Foundation raises funds that support the diverse programs and services which benefit patients at the medical center.  The Foundation accepts contributions in the form of direct cash gifts and pledges, matching corporate gifts, planned gifts and gifts-in-kind.  For more information on ways to donate or upcoming events, please call 551-996-3720 or visit
Photo:  Photography student Ahtziri Garcia, age 12  of Garfield, New Jersey is pictured along with a photo she created during a workshop for young cancer patients treated at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. The HackensackUMC Foundation secured a grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund the Pablove Foundation’s Pablove Shutterbugs Photography Program, a workshop series in a space donated by Bergen Community College that teaches young people living with cancer to find their creative voice through the art of photography.

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