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Illini 4000 Presents: Portraits Project Exhibition and What People Do documentary screening

On April 2, at 7:30 p.m., the Illini 4000 for Cancer is hosting an exhibition at the Independent Media Center in Urbana. In addition to a documentary screening, this event will serve as the opening reception for a Portraits Project exhibit that will remain on display through Boneyard Arts Festival.

The Portraits Project is a collection of narratives, also known as Portraits, that demonstrate how cancer affects people across America. While traveling across the country, riders interview cancer patients and survivors from all walks of life and compile their stories. Gabrielle Fairbairn, director of the Portraits Project, explains the significance of this event: “For the very first time in our organization’s history, we will be unveiling the Portraits Project to members of our local community.” Portraits from 2007 through today will be on display.

What People Do is a documentary featuring the Illini 4000 in their inaugural trek across the country during the summer of 2007. It highlights not only the experiences of the riders as they navigate the American landscape, but the communities they encounter along the way and their experiences with cancer. Visit for more information and to view the trailer. Zachary Herrmann, director, will be present for Q&A after the screening.

The event is free to the community, but the Illini will accept donations. “We hope that this increase in cancer awareness will encourage everyone to join the fight against cancer,” says Fairbairn.

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