You Have Cancer. You Are Beautiful.

Having cancer as a teen or young adult can throw your life off track. Just when you’re learning to drive, planning your prom, or playing your favorite sport, you find yourself sick, bald, and in the hospital. And you worry about your appearance – especially if you’re a girl.

That’s why 17 young women with cancer, aged 13-22, recently spent a weekend of fun together, thanks to a generous donor. They stayed at a hotel, went shopping, practiced cooking, had makeovers, and posed for portraits. The portraits were recently unveiled – not at an art gallery, but at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, where the girls are in various stages of treatment.

Their reflections on Girls Weekend:

“You could relax and feel normal.”

“You could be with others on your level.”

“You didn’t have to worry about having cancer.”

The portraits will preserve these girls at a moment of strength and beauty, and friendships made during Girls Weekend will last a lifetime.

Dana-Farber offers a number of resources to help men and women with cancer look and feel their best, at any age. Visit Friends’ Place in person or order products online.