A recent graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Photo-Journalism, Moriah Ratner tells the story of the lovely Lola Munoz, a thirteen year old girl afflicted with the deadliest pediatric cancer, DIPG, published within the last year, is truly a work of distinction. Moriah shares with us the process of discovery in this work, as it began simply as the protocol for a class she was involved in–to tell the story of a person. Already attracted to the resilience of young people who have experienced great trauma from her psychology studies, Moriah began this journey with a referral from Make-A-Wish Central New York, unaware of the human drama she would experience and share with the world as a result. She made it her duty to ensure Lola’s legacy would endure with grace and integrity, defying stereotypes of pediatric cancer and, most importantly, to create awareness with “the hope of stimulating a call to action.” The story has been published in the Washington Post, National Geographic, and NPR.
Debuting this week is also her first videography project about Vivian Rose Weaver Defeat DIPG Foundation in Washington state, also a story about the journey of young Vivian Rose battling DIPG, a production of Oregon Public Broadcasting Network (OPB).