Help a gay Atlanta photographer battling cancer

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A transplant to Atlanta who has become part of the city’s gay nightlife fabric shooting for Project Q and other outlets is asking her photo subjects for help after a critical uterine cancer diagnosis.

A native of Pennsylvania and a Penn State alum, Laura Baccus (photo) moved here from Denver in 2003. In addition to her work in Atlanta as a JC Penney portrait photographer, her own Baccus Studio, and part-time work at Federal Express, the lesbian shutterbug may be best known to readers behind a camera at gay Atlanta events.

Baccus started shooting for Project Q with this epic Piedmont Park gallery during Atlanta Pride 2013. Since then, her work in bars and clubs became a staple of our nightlife coverage of more than five-dozen events. She also became the go-to event photographer for the owners of My Sister’s Room. Late last year, Baccus had to stop working and go into treatment that left her devastated financially.

“I love MSR, Project Q, and the gay boys I take photos of,” Baccus writes in her I’m a Fighter GoFundMe pitch. “I am asking for whatever you can share. If you loved my photos but dont know me, share so I can return fast to take more. If we are friends from past or reconnected, share.”

Income and insurance dried up quickly during treatment. While her FedEx coworkers have raised some funds, Baccus explains her diagnosis and circumstances on the GoFundMe page that seeks $12,000 to help keep her afloat while she fights the disease.

I have no income… I have max out my out of pocket for 2014 and 2015. thats 6400. Living expenses food, driving expenses and rent for 4 months 4400, travel expenses to doctor visits during chemotherapy,Sams food and care expenses, pharmacy expenses 600 plus cost of chemo and radiation that could be expensive. Im guessing 12000 for next 4 months. I dont expect alot but i thought i'd ask for help. …

I have Uterine Cancer IIIA. borderline very bad. It spread to cervix and left ovary. Only in 2 of 10 lymph nodes so very good survival rate. Just above 58% for 5 years so i have a chance. I have colon blockage caused by medication from Colitis Ive had for over 10 years. I have mental issues that have always made me hyper. So three chronic illnesses is a hardship but I survived and overcame in my past and have no choice but survive this.

I asking for help. If you liked a photo and want to share $5 than I will thank you as much as $15, $20, $45 or $100 gift.

On the GoFundMe page, Baccus also requests your e-mails, cards and well wishes.


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