MDC’s Student Photographers Capture Journey of Pediatric Cancer Patients at Miami Cancer Institute

MIAMI, Oct. 1, 2019 – Student photographers from Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus Photo Club created family portraits for pediatric patients undergoing treatment at Miami Cancer Institute (MCI), which is part of Baptist Health South Florida.

“The idea behind the portrait initiative was to allow advanced photography students to venture out of the classroom into a real-life assignment that will further their knowledge and experience, while giving these families a memory that will last a lifetime,” said Tony Chirinos, Associate Senior Professor of Photography and Club Advisor.

The family portrait event has been in effect for five years, and took place during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, at MCI’s garden. Participating families received 8×10 portraits as souvenirs.

“The children and families were so appreciative of this wonderful opportunity and now have a keepsake from a great day,” added Laurie Sargent, child life specialist at Miami Cancer Institute.

The MDC Photo Club at Kendall Campus gathers amateur photography students with the desire to improve their skills and learn how to express themselves through visual language. The Club provides members with opportunities to exchange their knowledge and helps students to enhance their awareness of endangered environments, cultural diversity, and the changing world around them through a variety of activities.

For more information, please contact Tony Chirinos at 305.237.2209 or

About Miami Cancer Institute

Miami Cancer Institute is Florida’s only next-generation cancer treatment destination, known for its personalized clinical care and research, compassionate patient experience and state-of-the-art technology – including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the only radiation oncology program in the world with each of the latest radiation therapies in one place. The Institute offers an impressive roster of established community oncologists and renowned cancer-fighting experts, clinical researchers and genomic scientists recruited from the nation’s top cancer centers. As Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a deep and functional collaboration that affords patients access to innovative treatments right here at home and ensures that the standards of care developed by our multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.