What Happened To Photographer Nancy Borowick’s Parents Is Nearly Inconceivable. The Photos Are Powerful.

Finding out that your father or mother has cancer is a hard thing to deal with. When both of Nancy Borowick’s parents told her that they both had cancer… we can’t imagine how devastating that news would be. But instead of letting cancer tear their family apart from the inside-out, the Borowicks bonded together. Husband, wife and daughter grew together as they fought cancer and Nancy chronicled the whole thing with these incredible photographs.

Howie and Laurel found out that they had cancer at the same time.

The couple had been married for 34 years.

Neither of them expected to be diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, let alone at the same time.

Howie had pancreatic cancer.

Laurel had breast cancer for the third time.

Their daughter captured intimate moments… like Laurel deciding it was time to shave her hair off.

And then waiting to get fitted with a wig.

She also took pictures of her parents attending their weekly chemotherapy sessions.

And sit beside each other in their “his and her” chairs, waiting for the chemotherapy to be over.

Howie and Laurel kept each other happy throughout their struggles.

The couple did their best to make each other smile.

The chemotherapy was draining, and the two were often found relaxing together in their house.

Together, they shared both good news and bad. In this picture, doctors were reporting that both of their tumors were responding to treatment.

Howie was especially fond of naps after the exhausting treatments, which left him weak.

Together, family and friends were able to celebrate Howie’s 58th birthday together, something they thought impossible when he was diagnosed 6 months before.

Despite the unfathomable trials, Nancy’s parents were both able to walk their daughter down the aisle, who moved up the date of her wedding when she realized the fight her parents would be facing. They found strength together and witnessed their daughter’s most special moment.

After a long and arduous journey, Howie lost his life to the pancreatic cancer, but not before spending wonderful months with his wife and three children who will always have this touching photos to remember him by.

His son-in-law Paul Flach is running the Berlin Marathon to raise money for the Institute of Cancer Research in his memory, and also in memory of his own father, Adrian. Donations can be made at Just Giving.


Share the Borowick’s incredible story with others. It’s sure to inspire.

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