Moncton photographer donates his work, aims to raise prostate cancer awareness – New Brunswick IG News

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An award-winning Moncton, NB, photographer is sharing his story and donating his latest works, hoping to encourage more men to receive early tests for prostate cancer.

“My message to men is to just get it done,” said Maurice Henry, who has spent decades traveling around the world to take pictures.

Henry said his outlook on life had changed forever after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in January.

“It was like hitting the head with a hammer,” he said.

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Henry spent decades traveling the world with his finger on the shutter. But this past spring, he said he was forced to set up his camera and undergo painful prostate cancer surgery, which was followed by months of recovery, which he said is still ongoing.

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The diagnosis, he said, came as a shock.

“It threw me, I’ll be honest with you, because I didn’t really feel sick,” Henry said.

The 64-year-old, who is now battling the problem, is focused on encouraging other men to have an initial prostate exam and test.

“It is a cancer that men do not want to deal with, nor do they want to go through; There’s an embarrassment there,” he said.

But Henry hopes that more men will overcome their own fears and doubts and reflect on their journey.

Henry is also donating proceeds from his latest abstract photography series called watercolor in the rain Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation expressed their gratitude to the staff as they said their lives were saved.

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“Thanks just didn’t seem like enough,” he said.

Greg King, a friend of the president of the Moncton Hospital Foundation, commended Henry for selflessly raising awareness of more men’s need for early prostate testing.

“He has experienced his own trauma and is now looking for a way to give back and I think that’s inspiring,” King said.

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Henry said the entire series was drawn in the rain on three continents and cost about $130,000.

He took the images before he was diagnosed, but says it has even deeper meaning for him now if he can use them to support the hospital and to help prevent another person from visiting him. Huh.

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