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Choosing to Live
The Spirit of Rilla Missouri Shearmire
The 56th Missouri Photo Workshop (MPW)

Photo by Gabriela Hasbun

Rilla Shearmire's presence glows through the halls of Hermann Area District Hospital. She is one of ten residents living in the hospitalís private nursing home. Room 207 has been her home since March 2004 after she was diagnosed with colon cancer.

At 97, Rilla has outlived her husband and only daughter. As a cancer patient, she has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Instead, she has chosen to live and enjoy the few remaining months of her life.

Gabriela Hasbun
Team C
Melissa Farlow
Lois Raimondo
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Team A
Alfredo Cardenas
Leah Nash
Annie Tritt
Melody Ko
Charles W. Harr
Ruth Anne Kocour
Deborah Silver
Jennifer Coombes

Team B
Tim Gruber
Jonathan Miano
Sally Ryan
Michael Karas
Sarah Beth Barnett
Jennifer Sauer
Megan Morr
Naomi Brookner

Team C
Gabriela Hasbun
Gang Wu
Uwe Martin
Aaron Suozzi
Eric Kayne
Kevin Wellenius
Ann Hermes
Christina Ducklow

Team D
Betty Bastidas
Jodi Hilton
Velina Nurse
Kim Walker
Valentina Petrova
Paul Rutherford
Beatrice de Gea
Chris Kaufman

Team E
Ted Howell
Kevin Van Paassen
Jennifer Page
Monique Ganucheau
Autumn Pinette
Spencer Leonard
Paul Morigi
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Hermann, Mo 2004

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