[Video] A Thousand Words. A Hundred People. Immeasurable Inspiration.

[Video] A Thousand Words. A Hundred People. Immeasurable Inspiration.

by April Watts (Photos by Anastasia Lambrou)

Last Tuesday, “A Thousand Words” photo exhibit displayed at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on historic H Street in Washington, DC.  Hundreds came out in support of the breast cancer awareness collaboration between “philantographer” Walter Grio (Shoot For Change), Pink Jams DC, and Capital Breast Care Center

Attendees chattered amongst themselves about the multitude of feelings evoked by the exhibit:  empowerment, sadness, remembrance, and awareness.   Some were even moved to laughter as they viewed black and white photographs of one hundred individuals from the community bearing written messages about breast cancer.  The messages were as diverse as their bearers, who ranged from cancer survivors and their loved ones to celebrities like Lynda Erkiletian (THE Artist Agency, Real Housewives of DC).

Walter Grio & Lynda Erkiletian behind the scenes.

The photos hung neatly from steel wire, connected by trusses.  Only an understated display could do justice to such powerful words and images. 

Photo by Anastasia Lambrou

The event generated $3,600 for Capital Breast Care Center, an organization that provides culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and promotes health and wellness to women in the Washington, DC area regardless of their ability to pay.  

Walter Grio, who has utilized photography to raise $50,000.00 (to date) for various local charities, said, “[A Thousand Words] was by far the most humbling and inspirational project I’ve ever been involved in.”

My breast cancer message was on the lighter side. Thanks Walter for allowing me to be a part of such an inspirational project. (Photo by Walter Grio)

Watch video coverage of “A Thousand Words” photo exhibit.

A Thousand Words from Shoot for Change on Vimeo.

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