Just about every New Yorker knows–and loves–Humans of New York. If you’re not familiar with Brandon Stanton, the creator behind the one-man operation, you’re in for a treat.
The site, humansofnewyork.com, features interviews and photos with thousands of New Yorkers. The site has developed a large following through social media. The blog has over 16 million followers on Facebook and around 4.7 million followers on Instagram.
Earlier this month, Stanton announced that he would turn his lens toward children with cancer, profiling the patients and their families. The stories will be gathered from the Pediatrics Department ofMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Says Stanton on a recent Facebook post:
Obviously these are not going to be easy stories to read. These are war stories. The treatment of cancer can be nearly as violent as the condition itself, and even the doctors will frame their efforts in terms of warfare. But the fight against pediatric cancer is uniquely tragic because the battlefield is the body of a child. So these are definitely war stories. But as with every war, there are heroes. You’ll meet the amazing doctors, nurses, and researchers who have committed their lives to this fight. You’ll meet the moms and dads who refuse to crumble while living out their greatest fear. And most importantly, you’ll meet the reason that everyone is fighting, and the greatest warriors of all—the kids. So yes, these are war stories. But this is also the story of humanity’s bold response to the greatest injustice of nature. And as we learn these stories, we’ll be raising money to play our own small part in the war.
This isn’t the first time that Humans of New York has ventured into sociopolitical territory. The site has featured a series on the Syrian refugee crisis (in partnership with the United Nations). Following the April 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, Stanton traveled to the bereaved city to take street portraits.
In the posts, Stanton talks to the patients, their family members and the staff who is treating them at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Through the stories, Stanton is hoping to encourage his readers to donate and help raise $1,000,000 for the team at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The latest post on Humans of New York says that “we’re over 40% there.” To join the 11,000 people who have contributed so far, you can visit http://bit.ly/1TpFcdy.