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May 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

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Reason to smile


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Nat Seymour, a photographer from Redmond, shows Kevin Patz of Seattle and his dog Arthur their picture on the back of his camera during a portrait session Wednesday. The Virginia Mason Cancer Institute partnered with photography group NW Photo LENS (Learning, Education and Networking Society) to provide free portraits for cancer survivors and patients. Members of the photography group are donating their gear and their time to make it possible, and West Seattle Salon CoCo & Co. was on site to provide free makeup and hair styling. Patz was diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer 10 years ago and has been cancer-free since 2006. He adopted Arthur a little over five years ago and wanted to get a picture with him because of how much joy he brings to his life. "He's my little guardian angel," said Patz.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Robb Simmons, left, a photographer from Silverdale, works his post-production magic on a portrait for Lynda Doctorello of Lynnwood, right, with her granddaughter Amanda Doctorello, center, and close friend Nancy Meehan behind her Wednesday May 15, 2013. Lynda suffered from Ovarian cancer but has been clear of it for the last eight months. Amanda and Nancy were two of her strongest supporters.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Darci Cardoza of Lyman gets her portrait made in a purple shirt, signifying the pancreatic cancer she was diagnosed with two years ago. "This was our very first fun visit to Virginia Mason," she said with a smile.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Rikki Cardoza, 22, left, gives his brother Kwinn, 19, a noogie during a portrait session with their mom Darci, who is a survivor of pancreatic cancer. "They are the most amazing young men in the world," Darci said. When she was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, Rikki got a job to help pay the mortgage and Kwinn finished up high school on his own while she was in treatment.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Arnie Cohen of Snohomish pulls up the family portrait of Darci Cardoza and her two sons Rikki, 22, and Kwinn, 19, (hat). They live in Lyman, but it was important to Darci to make the drive. "Because I am so happy to be alive," she said. "It's a remembrance of the strength we all had to have to get through this."

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kevin Patz of Seattle gets a bow tie on his dog Arthur while he gets primped by Lili Carlson of West Seattle salon CoCo & Co. -- they donated free styling for hair and makeup.

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