SCAR STORIES / by Kylie Cobb

Jasmine Gailer, Osteosarcoma Survivor, photograph by Charmaine Lyons

Jasmine Gailer, Osteosarcoma Survivor, photograph by Charmaine Lyons

ABOUT SCAR STORIES

Scar Stories Inc. is an organisation that uses creative initiatives to support young cancer survivors aged 18 to 35 years. It brings together photographers, musicians, artists and cancer survivors to reveal what most people keep hidden following cancer treatment - the physical scars that remind them of a grim and painful experience.

Scar Stories reveals the 'pretty' and 'gritty' side of cancer through a range of creative endeavors that raise awareness of this unique cancer population, funds for specialised treatment and empower young adult cancer survivors to rock their post-treatment bodies, scars and all.

After taking a photo of her cancer scar in 2011 and sharing the image online, then 22-year-old Scar Stories founder, Jasmine Gailer, felt better for it! We have since taken more than 40 professional scar portraits (now available for purchase in a coffee-table book), with 11 photographers and exhibited in Queensland and Victoria.

Legends like Hunters & Collectors, Dead Letter Circus, Adil Memon, Deena and Phil Barlow & The Wolf have joined Scar Stories to shred sound and light on these issues through photoshoots and benefits concerts.

The photographs are incredibly moving and demonstrate a great deal of bravery and resilience from young people challenged in a way most of us never will be.
— Hunters & Collectors drummer, Doug Falconer
We were honored to be asked [to do a Scar Stories photoshoot]. If you’ve kicked cancer’s arse, wear it on your sleeve I say.
— Dead Letter Circus bassist, Stewart Hill

 

Scar Stories specifically raises awareness for young adults who have had cancer. The 18-35yr age group has been identified as a unique cancer population whose improvements in outcomes have lagged behind those achieved in other age groups.

Imagine that time in your life when self-image is extremely important – the physical and emotional post-treatment scars are heavy.
— Scar Stories President & CEO, Jasmine Gailer

Scar Stories Inc. provides young adult cancer patients and survivors with access to free art, music and photography classes and workshops around Australia.

Everyone, including patients, survivors, musicians, photographers, artists and you, are encouraged to visit www.scarstories.org and get involved!

APPROVED IMAGES

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Hannah, by Lisa Auger

Hannah, by Lisa Auger

Jamie, by Georgia Brizuela

Jamie, by Georgia Brizuela

Jason, by Lisa Auger

Jason, by Lisa Auger

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Jasmine, by Charmaine Lyons

Suzanne McCorkell, winner of Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2014 donates $10,000 to Scar Stories August 9, 2015

Suzanne McCorkell, winner of Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2014 donates $10,000 to Scar Stories August 9, 2015

Suzanne McCorkell's winning Scar Stories photograph of Chris & Bridie

Suzanne McCorkell's winning Scar Stories photograph of Chris & Bridie

Hayley, by Lisa Auger

Hayley, by Lisa Auger

Sara, by Fiona Vail

Sara, by Fiona Vail

Chris & Bridie, by Suzanne McCorkell

Chris & Bridie, by Suzanne McCorkell

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