Not as he pictured …

John Kaplan made his living, and reputation, from documenting others’ lives. He never thought he’d be the subject of his next big project. A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and UF professor, Kaplan was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2008 and chronicled his battle snap by snap. He put together a 54-minute documentary with photos and video that shows his fight from diagnosis to remission. Kaplan was treated at Shands at UF, and his doctor, James Lynch, M.D., appears in the movie. Now he’s giving his brainchild away. Anyone who’s ever been affected by cancer — patients, caregivers, family and friends — can get one of 10,000 free copies of his documentary from his website, notasipictured.org. Click on the “Get Film/Shop” tab and select “Free to Patients.”
— Meredith Rutland

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