BIRMINGHAM, Ala--In 1994, the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the
University of Alabama at Birmingham commissioned photojournalist
Melissa Springer to create an exhibit celebrating breast cancer
survivors. Her finished project has now been published as A
Tribe of Warrior Women.
The book is intended to promote national awareness that breast
cancer is a treatable disease fought best by early detection and
treatment; to pay tribute to all women who have fought so courageously
against breast cancer; and to inspire hope in newly diagnosed
With that mission in mind, each of the 32 breast cancer survivors
profiled in the book was asked to give some words of comfort to
newly diagnosed women.
Bessie McClinton, featured on the book's cover (see illustration
above), responded, "Wherever you're going, wherever you've
been, I've already been there," and many others picked up
on that theme, with messages such as, "Fight like hell and
know that you're not alone," "Find a support group,"
and "I was in your shoes years ago. I fought and won."
Other women stressed the importance of treatment: "Get a
good doctor and a good hospital." "Understand the treatment
options. Make an informed decision." "Don't let fear
The book is available from Crane Hill Publishers. A portion of
the proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation