Diseases can be managed, if not eradicated entirely. Overcoming the stigma and isolation of disease requires education and caring communities.

Defy diseases. Support those who suffer. Restore hope.




This goal has so many interpretations. I considered emphasizing the physical effects of disease and I thought of focusing on the healing aspects of medicine. Ultimately, I chose to illustrate the significance of community.

It is the stigma around diseases that causes people to suffer alone and allows for maladies such as HIV/AIDS to devastate a person’s hope as well as their health.

My image shows disease lurking as community actively advances. It illustrates our ability to interfere with the impact of disease by being present, being compassionate and restoring hope.