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FROM DIRECTOR JOHN KAPLAN
Greetings everyone! Welcome to our holiday newsletter for the Not As I Pictured film community. Along with my wife, Li, and kids, Carina and Max, we're wishing you and yours the very best for a great holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2013!
Our newsletter keeps you up to date on the public service goals of our free cancer education film project. Our free DVDs and accompanying cancer-coping guides continue to fly out the door. We have now given away nearly 6,500 free Not As I Pictured DVD film copies to anyone affected by cancer!
By popular demand, Love Kills Cancer T-shirts are back!
Please order immediately if you want to order for the holidays. Just like the one I wore in the film that so many of have found inspiring. Men's are gold, and women's are pink. All are 100% cotton. Women can wear the guys' shirts, too, of course.
The soft sell: Donations are always appreciated!
We are a small grassroots organization and you'll never receive a solicitation mailing from us. We know that so many facing a cancer diagnosis also wrestle with financial concerns. Thus, as we always say, donations are not necessary!
Yet, to be honest, our budget is now extremely tight. If you are considering where to donate your holiday good cheer this year, we hope you'll think of us. Your tax-deductible donations will help our humanitarian free DVD program stay alive and make a difference for so many touched by cancer. Here's a link:
LOVE KILLS CANCER SHIRTS: A classic—just in time for the holidays! Men's shirts in gold and women's shirts in pink. Women can wear the guys' shirts, too.
Photo exhibition tour adds major museum!
The touring Not As I Pictured photographic exhibition tour is picking up steam. We hope you'll consider bringing it to your town, too.
In association with the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition comes to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta this June at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. We are honored to be working with the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for this major event.
But first, in January, the exhibition arrives at the University of Missouri, the oldest and perhaps most famous place for photojournalism education worldwide. We thank our friends at Canon for their help with our exhibition goals.
If you would like to line up the exhibition and/or screening in your town, please contact us for a truly meaningful event:
Like us and share your comments on Facebook:
If you haven't visited us on Facebook yet, share your feedback! Your thoughts will inspire others to watch the film and find strength in our inspiring message of hope:
As Stephanie Davis shared on Facebook: "I watched your film today, it made me laugh and made me cry. Thank you! I lost my mom to lung cancer 2 years ago, my aunt to leukemia several years ago and have a friend fighting breast cancer now. I love your positive attitude and that you have the means to make your voice heard. I ordered the DVD and am looking forward to sharing with my dad. I believe he will appreciate it as much as I do."
As you can see at right, we're heading to the nation's heartland this winter with screenings in Missouri and Iowa, as well as a community event in Wilmington, Delaware at Cokesbury Village. We'd love to help you plan an event in your hometown, too!
Beyond donations, thank you for your inspiring help to get the word out about the uplifting and encouraging power of Not As I Pictured. Nationwide, medical practices, hospitals, and cancer advocacy programs are using the film to support their programs, too. (To keep our program goals alive, we do need to charge licensing fees for professional use of the film by organizations, libraries, and groups.)
Please let anyone you know touched by cancer know about our free film program:
Please also urge your local community or university library to add Not As I Pictured to its collection.
Be well, and enjoy the splendor of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, and even Festivus, too . . . Sending you and yours giant good karma for your support and continued health and prosperity in 2013!