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Moncton photographer donates his work to raise awareness of prostate cancer – New BrunswickNews WAALI

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An award-winning photographer from Moncton, NB is sharing his story and donating his latest work in hopes of encouraging more men to get early prostate cancer testing.

“My message to men is just do it,” said Maurice Henri, who has traveled the world taking photos for decades.

Henri said his outlook on life changed forever after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in January.

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“It was like being hit in the forehead with a hammer,” he said.

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For decades, Henri traveled the world with his finger on the trigger. But last spring he said he was forced to put down his camera and undergo painful prostate cancer surgery, followed by months of recovery that he says is still ongoing.

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The diagnosis came as a shock, he said.

“It blew my mind, I’ll be honest with you because I didn’t really feel sick,” Henri said.

The 64-year-old, who is now struggling with ongoing discomfort, is focused on encouraging other men to get prostate exams and tests early.

“This is a cancer men don’t want to face, don’t want to go through; It’s an embarrassment there,” he said.

But Henri hopes more men will put aside their own fears and concerns and reflect on his journey.

Henri also donates the proceeds from his latest abstract photo series called watercolor in the rain to Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation as a token of gratitude to the staff who he says saved his life.

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“Thank you just didn’t seem like enough,” he said.

Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation President Greg King praised Henri for his selfless gesture and for raising awareness that more men need to have early prostate testing.

“He’s lived through his own trauma and is now finding a way to give back, and I think that’s inspiring,” King said.

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Henri said the entire series was photographed in the rain on three continents and is valued at about $130,000.

He took the pictures before the diagnosis but says they mean even more to him now when he can use them to support the hospital and prevent another man going through what he has.

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