The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors



Conquering cancer is really not about cure. It’s about living—living well for as long and as fully as one can.”

The New York Times personal health columnist 

Jane E. Brody in her introduction


New Beginnings

The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors 


By Bill Aron


Over 4,500 patients are diagnosed with cancer each dayNot too long ago, this diagnosis would have been considered a death sentence, but, thanks to advances in treatment, there are almost fourteen million survivors in the U.S. Hearing the words “you have cancer” no longer has to mean an end to your life. Instead it can mark the start of a new beginning. 

Bill Aron’s New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors (Skyhorse Publishing; April 14, 2015; ISBN: 9781632206640; $24.99) is a book for and by those who have endured one of the greatest hurdles of their lives. Featuring a collection of narratives and photographic portraits of men, women, children, and families of varied ages and ethnicitiesNew Beginnings will inspire hope in its readersNew Beginnings is the perfect gift for anyone diagnosed with cancer, or their family, loved ones, or friends. It is THE GIFT OF HOPE. The triumphs of the 120 cancer survivors, and what they have in common is something every cancer patient should know.

While cancer may have ushered in one of the most difficult periods of the lives of these 120 survivors, it also ignited one of the most profound. Coming from all walks of life, survivors include Sally Craigen, who never stopped enjoying life, even after her second cancer diagnosis three decades after her first; Rabbi William Cutter, already a survivor of three heart attacks by the time he faced prostate cancer; Sophia Colby, who, following her cancer diagnosis at fifteen months old, has endured more in her ten years than many people do in their entire lives; professional basketball player Coby Karl, who hasn’t let thyroid cancer stop him from pursuing his dreams; and over one hundred others. 

New Beginnings will alleviate fears, inspire strength, and give hope to the possibility of a fresh start. It is a project by and for cancer survivors: a touching collaboration of their ideas and sensibilities—their wordswith Bill Aron’s beautiful photographs. This is their book.

Pre-Order copies are now available from Amazon at

About the Author

Bill Aron, himself a 20-year cancer survivor is an internationally renowned photographer. Long known as an environmental portrait photographer and a chronicler of Jewish communities throughout the world, Aron’s photographs have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States and Israel, including the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center for Photography, the Jewish Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel-Aviv. His previous books include From the Corners of the Earth and Shalom Y’all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South. Aron lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons, where he is quite possibly the only photographer with a PhD in sociology (from the University of Chicago).  


Most importantly Aron knows cancer first hand and has discovered what the 120 survivors he has profiled have in common.  His powerful book documents the triumphs of inspiring people in ways that offer cancer patients the hope for new beginnings.    


You can visit his website at


To request an excerpt or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact:

Sara Winkelman / (212) 643-6816 x


New Beginnings

The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors

By Bill Aron

Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook

272 pages with 16full color photographs

On Sale: April 14, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-632206640

Price: $24.99 


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