Rob Gregory, a professional photographer, knows first-hand what it takes to battle cancer – being a superhero. Gregory is a cancer survivor himself. Six years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer, synovial sarcoma, which led to his leg being amputated.
A few months ago, he held a special photo shoot to help our patients pass the time during day-long treatments. Patients dressed as superheroes (each of his/her choosing). Gregory then superimposed the kids’ photos in front of iconic Chicago landmarks such as Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. Gregory says, “I just wanted to brighten their days. Going to cancer treatment every day can get really monotonous. The kids and parents both loved it.”
He continues, “Attitude plays a huge role in being able to overcome the challenges we face in life. I wanted to help shape their attitudes in this fight and help them see themselves as we already see them: superheroes.”
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Lurie Children’s treats more children with cancer and blood disorders than any other hospital in Illinois. Although cancer is rare in children, we treat 220 new patients each year for a wide range of childhood cancers. The center is ranked 11th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report for pediatric oncology.
We treat patients ranging in age from newborns to young adults. Families from throughout the Midwest, across the country and around the world come to Lurie Children’s to take advantage of resources that are not widely available. Click here to learn more about the services we provide.