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Pablove Shutterbugs profile: There's a snake in the tub, don't freak out

Posted on Aug. 13, 2015 ( comments)

Paul Dawkins, 10, poses with his snake photo at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

For a week and a half, a toy snake sat in the bathtub.

A sign on the door explained:

There is a snake in the tub. Don’t freak out.
P.S. His name is Slither.
P.P.S. Please shut the door so people can read this sign.

Paul Dawkins, 10, snapped a photo of the snake after two days of sitting in the bathwater. The toy, he explained, is like a sponge, and grows to several times its size when placed in water.

“When it soaks up, it expands bigger,” he said.

You can see Paul’s photo of the snake displayed at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, along with 27 other photos from patients of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

The photos are part of the Pablove Shutterbugs program, which partners with hospitals to bring photography lessons to children with cancer. Children in the program were given cameras and weekly lessons at the Museum of Glass.

“It was awesome,” Paul said. “I liked that we got to take pictures and do fun stuff.”

Paul Dawkins Pablove Shutterbugs

Paul was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2012 and has three months left in his treatment.

During the Pablove Shutterbugs photography lessons, Paul connected with one of the instructors, a local photographer. Amazed by his photography and goofy personality, Paul looked forward to every lesson with him.

Paul also looked forward to seeing his friend Emma, a girl he knew from an art class in his hometown of Port Orchard. He recognized her at one of the photography lessons and realized that she, too, was facing cancer.

“It was neat to see that friendship develop,” said Paul’s mom, Jen Dawkins.

Dawkins said she loved seeing so many young cancer patients getting together and feeling comfortable with each other since they were on the same journey.

Paul will complete his cancer treatment on his mom’s birthday, Oct. 29.

You can see the Pablove Shutterbugs exhibit at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma through Oct. 1.

Mary Bridge was one of 12 sites nationwide selected for the Shutterbugs program, and is the only site to have the kids’ final work displayed in a world-class museum.

Photos are also available for purchase online, with proceeds benefiting the Pablove Shutterbugs program.

Browse the Mary Bridge gallery and purchase prints

Learn more about the Pablove Foundation

Visit the Museum of Glass

Posted in: Cancer | Tacoma

About The Author

Roxanne Cooke

Roxanne Cooke tells stories in words, photos and video. She manages VitalsKite Strings and Bring Happy Back, plus special projects such as CeCe's Journey24 Hours at Tacoma General Hospital and The Healthy Futures Project. You can reach her at [email protected]

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