DEAD LETTER CIRCUS ROCK SCARS WITH YOUNG CANCER SURVIVOR / by Kylie Cobb

Alternative rock band, Dead Letter Circus didn’t hesitate to team up with cancer charity, Scar Stories to help young adult cancer survivors rock their scars and feel empowered during a fun, creative photo shoot.

‘Rock Scars’ is the initiative of Scar Stories’ major sponsor, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and photographer, Steve Bull of Black Bee Studio. Together with musicians, professional make-up artists, stylists, and the Scar Stories team, their aim is to empower young people to show off what most keep hidden following cancer treatment – the physical scars that remind them of a painful experience. “These young adults are dealing with stuff most of us will never have to. We want to give them experiences that help them rock their scars rather than hide them,” said Kylie Cobb, Scar Stories Marketing Director, “Having rock stars take the time and effort to give back to fans in this way is so powerful. Dead Letter Circus are bloody legends to jump on board so willingly!”

Some of the most inspirational, real life people I’ve met are those that have met those kind of hardships and pulled through them with grace and positivity.
— Kim Benzie, Dead Letter Circus lead singer

RockScars involves brave young Scar Stories models not only meeting their favourite musicians, but also posing with them in professional photo shoots. Well known Brisbane rock band, Dead Letter Circus rocked out with one of their biggest fans, 22 year old Osteosarcoma survivor Jaymee. “I'm thrilled to be a part of this project and to meet the guys from Dead Letter Circus! I'm a big fan. My scar is on my leg and faded, but this photo shoot isn't just about that. I get to feel like a rock star for a day,” said Jaymee.

The 17-35 year age group has been identified as a unique cancer population, with unique needs - physical, emotional, social and psychological. Due to lack of funds, research, and awareness these needs are not being met. "For an adolescent or young adult, cancer brings with it so much more than a threat to life and health. It brings about changes that most young people are not emotionally equipped to handle. Physical changes, being left behind their peers, losing youthfulness," explains Jasmine, Scar Stories' founder and President.

Scar Stories’ projects are all about changing the way adolescents and young adults feel about their post-cancer bodies. The creative process is designed to not only empower them to feel attractive again, but also to show them how others perceive them; as strong, interesting, and brave individuals. The change in so many of our beautiful models, after their involvement in our projects is amazing.

The RockScars photos will be designed into gig-style posters, exhibited and sold, with profits going towards running free creative workshops for cancer patients and survivors between 17 and 35 years as well as other Scar Stories creative projects.

To see the final image, follow this project:

twitter.com/Scar_Stories

Facebook.com/scarstories

instagram.com/scarstoriesincorporated


Scar Stories Inc. began in 2011 when founder and President, Jasmine Gailer, took a photo of the 30cm cancer scar on her leg, posted it online and felt better for it. Since then she has been working with photographers and designers on creative projects that aim to help other young cancer survivors feel the same sense of liberation she felt from baring her scar. 

 Scar Stories Founder and President, Jasmine Gailer.

Scar Stories Founder and President, Jasmine Gailer.

Approved Images for Media Use:

 From left: Tom Skerlj, Stewart Hill, Steve Bull, Clint Vincent, Jaymee Tully, Luke Williams, Kim Benzie, Jasmine Gailer.

From left: Tom Skerlj, Stewart Hill, Steve Bull, Clint Vincent, Jaymee Tully, Luke Williams, Kim Benzie, Jasmine Gailer.

 Stewart Hill being interviewed by Jasmine Gailer. Ben Trowse from Surge Media on camera.

Stewart Hill being interviewed by Jasmine Gailer. Ben Trowse from Surge Media on camera.

 Jaymee Tully being interviewed by Jasmine Gailer during her limousine ride to the studio.

Jaymee Tully being interviewed by Jasmine Gailer during her limousine ride to the studio.

 From left: Tom Skerlj, Stewart Hill, Clint Vincent, Kylie Cobb, Kim Benzie, Jaymee Tully, Luke Williams, Jasmine Gailer.

From left: Tom Skerlj, Stewart Hill, Clint Vincent, Kylie Cobb, Kim Benzie, Jaymee Tully, Luke Williams, Jasmine Gailer.

More information/ interviews/ images:

Jasmine Gailer, Scar Stories Founder & President • jasmine@scarstories.org • M 0435 329 717

Kylie Cobb, Music, Marketing & Design Director at Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and Scar Stories • music@kcmd.com.au • M 0402 434 523

Steve Bull, Black Bee Studio • stevebull@blackbeestudio.com.au • M 0488 736 614

Ben Trowse, Surge Media • ben@surgemedia.com.au 

Dead Letter Circus • Record Label www.weareunified.com

Links

scarstories.org

kittykittybangbang.com.au

blackbeestudio.com.au

surgemedia.com.au

deadlettercircus.com

Rock Scars YouTube Video

Source: www.scarstories.org