“Boxing is the perfect metaphor for cancer. It isn’t a war, where you’re hiding in bushes, covered in camouflage and firing covert missiles at a faraway target.
It’s just you, and the cancer, in that ring together. Face to face, one on one.
Sure, you’ve got a stadium full of fans, cheering you on, but you’re the only one taking the punches, you’re the only one really feeling the blow.
That’s why it’s so important to have someone in your corner who’s been there, who can tell you when to bob and when to weave, when to give yourself a break, and when to raise your arms in victory.”
Welcome to I Fight Like a Girl, a photographic essay project dedicated to honoring breast cancer survivors by sharing their stories and portraits of courage. We are a non-profit project based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex but have been traveling the country for nearly five years to reach survivors of all ages, races, and backgrounds. Each story is as unique as each face, but they all share the same goal: to fight like a girl against breast cancer, and come out like the champions they are.
This project is dedicated to the millions of women each year who fight heroic battles but lose the war, including far too many of the subjects featured here. That we may carry on the legacy of their story forever, is a privilege we do not take lightly.