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Local photographer honors mother battling cancer for the third time

Posted at 10:16 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 18:23:50-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a local woman is working to raise awareness using her photography skills.

Camree Engman says this month, she wanted to pay tribute to her mother: the "strongest, toughest survivor I know."

"In the beginning of this year my mom found out that she had cancer for the third time," Engman said. "May 22 she was told she was terminal--3-4 years to live if she agreed to treatment."

Engman says she was inspired to do a photoshoot with her mom to celebrate her journey--and to look back on her challenging fight.

"She's been fighting so hard and she's been so positive through it all," Engman aid. "Serving her family and neighbors never letting on that she was hurt, scared, weak and tired, never complaining."

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Engman's sister--Brittney Schauerhamer--made custom t-shirts for the photoshoot. Once the pair found some props, including a pair of pink boxing gloves, the family got to work.

"Looking through my viewfinder at her, I couldn’t help but think 'Dang, my mom looks beautiful!' The warm sun glowing behind her bald head as the sun set.," Engman said. "I got teary-eyed as I watched my mom, my hero, the strongest and most selfless woman I know holding up her boxing gloves and beaming with excitement! A genuine, and well-earned smile. Bravely showing the world her bald head. The well-deserved confidence she has gained after 3 bouts with cancer."

Engman says a recent scan revealed no tumors.

"This was wonderful news and I really wanted to honor my mom for her fight," Engman said. "I can’t even fathom how brave she is, how brave she has always been. Cancer really did pick the wrong girl to mess with. All I can say is when I grow up, I want to be my mama.