On June 4th, I and other members of the Drake Community Press had the chance to experience Mainframe Studios’ First Friday event featuring the works of Dylan Huey, the photographer for Above and Beyond Cancer. Dylan’s showing was scheduled for last June in concert with the book launch; its derailing was one of many things we missed during the height of the......13 September, 2021
In a time when we could all use a dose of inspiration, Above and Beyond Cancer, the new book out from Drake Community Press, is just what the doctor ordered. Oncologist Richard L. Deming teamed up with professional photographer Dylan Huey to produce a collection of more than 100 voices and scores of stunning full-color photographs that illuminate the difficult journey of a cancer diagnosis and the opportunity it provides for profound personal transformation.
Unique to this 171-page collection are excerpts from the narratives of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers who joined Dr. Deming on mountain treks he has led since 2011 to some of the world’s most breathtaking altitudes, including Mt. Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the High Himalayas and Mt. Kailish in Tibet. Down from the mountain, contributors reflect in heartfelt, often unexpected, ways about the shock of a diagnosis or summoning resilience, interspersed with moments of humor, camaraderie and spiritual uplift. Huey’s photography captures the alternately magnificent and formidable peaks and valleys of the physical journey as well as the inner journey these travelers have undertaken –a glimpse of emotion crossing the face of a tired hiker, or a stirring moment of compassion between two former strangers.
“With a brain for science and a heart for the humanities,” writes Des Moines Register columnist Courtney Crowder in her review of Above and Beyond Cancer, Dr. Deming, “skillfully combines themes of grief, survival, reconciliation and love in this simply extraordinary new collection.”
All revenue from book sales will support cancer prevention and health & wellness programming across the state of Iowa. Click here for more information.
This book was made possible by generous funding from donors. View the full list here.