"Voices of Survivors"
was started by Lynn Lane, a documentary filmmaker who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. From the moment of his diagnosis, he realized that life would never be the same. He scoured the internet in search of information and support but found very little out there that connected him with human experience of cancer and even less about what it means to the individual to be a 'survivor'.
After his surgery he turned his efforts towards his project,"Voices of Survivors
," as he saw a real need to put a human face and voice to this word that means so much to so many people. Utilizing his background as a documentary filmmaker, he saw this as a new challenge for his work as well as himself. The word "Survivor
" often has very different meanings for each individual and sometimes can be challenging for them to see themselves as one. This project and format seemed to lend itself to a new form of support for each individual who is going through this battle as well as for their friends and family. It gives us an opportunity see ourselves as a "Survivor
" in our terms and by our own definition of the word.
The ongoing, online documentary portion of the project is just the beginning of what "Voices of Survivors
" is to become. In 2009, Lynn will seek to establish it as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to fully realize his vision of "Voices of Survivors.