Julie Cardillo


Julie Cardillo, 40, is photographed in her home, painting beside her dog Luna. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been free from ovarian and uterine cancer for two years. Julie teaches visual art at Ravenscroft school and also sells and exhibits her paintings. A former collegiate soccer player, she recently ran in a marathon, the Race to End Women’s Cancer, in Washington, D.C., where she was joined by 22 family members.


“The hair, the eyelashes and all those things don’t mean anything when it comes to your blood cells and your health . . . focus on the shrinking cancer within you, because all those things will grow back.”

Photographed: April 14, 2016

Her Story

When Julie Cardillo was diagnosed with cancer she turned to a soothing sanctuary where for most of her lifetime she has best been able to express the emotions within. More