MDC’s photographers capture journey of pediatric cancer patients at MCI

MDC’s photographers capture journey of pediatric cancer patients at MCI

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Student photographers from Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus Photo Club created family portraits for pediatric patients undergoing treatment at Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) in Kendall, which is part of Baptist Health South Florida.

“The idea behind the portrait initiative was to allow advanced photography students to venture out of the classroom into a real-life assignment that will further their knowledge and experience, while giving these families a memory that will last a lifetime,” said Tony Chirinos, associate senior professor of photography and club advisor.

The family portrait event has been in effect for five years, and took place during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, at MCI’s garden. Participating families received 8-by-10 portraits as souvenirs.

“The children and families were so appreciative of this wonderful opportunity and now have a keepsake from a great day,” added Laurie Sargent, child life specialist at Miami Cancer Institute.

The MDC Photo Club at Kendall Campus gathers amateur photography students with the desire to improve their skills and learn how to express themselves through visual language.

The club provides members with opportunities to exchange their knowledge and helps students to enhance their awareness of endangered environments, cultural diversity, and the changing world around them through a variety of activities.

For more information, contact Tony Chirinos at 305-237-2209 or

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