Teen Cancer Survivor for The New York Times – by David Walter Banks

Keaton Williams

L.A.-based photographer David Walter Banks had a photo shoot at Disneyland with a teen cancer survivor.

During my recent endeavor to incorporate yoga into my life, I’ve chosen certain words to focus on and come back to when I feel my mind stray. Among these are, stereotypically, creativity, but more importantly kindness and positivity. I have no doubt that my life and the life of those around me would be better if I could cling to those two words more often. When I met Keaton Williams, he embodied those terms. Not only did he remain positive through a winning bout with cancer, but he showed compassion both then and now for others navigating the same struggle. Throughout our short shoot at Disneyland where Williams works, I was continually reminded to check my own attitude. It was directly after this shoot that I rushed to my first yoga workshop, which spurred a commitment to take regular classes. And it’s to Keaton that I owe thanks for setting the intention in my mind for that first class – one that I hope will remain for a long time to come. To read Laura Landro’s story about Keaton and the need for more resources for teens undergoing cancer treatment, click here.

See more photos on David’s blog.

Keaton Williams

Keaton Williams

Keaton Williams

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