Bob & Diane Fund awards Visual Storytelling Grant to American photographer Cheryle St. Onge


On 15 December 2021, The Bob & Diane Fund announced it was awarding USD 5,000 (EUR 4,440) to Massachusetts-born photographer Cheryle St. Onge for her project, “Calling the Birds Home”. Calling the Birds Home is a photographic exchange of the energy of life - the give and take of the familial between mother and daughter who lived side by side on the same New Hampshire farm for decades.
The Bob & Diane Fund, launched in June 2016, is an American grant-making organisation dedicated to promoting awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases. It is the passion project of Gina Martin, whose mother, Diane, died from Alzheimer’s dementia. Diane’s husband of 50 years, Bob, who was her primary carer, died three months later.
The “Visual Storytelling Grant”, now in its sixth year, aims to bring awareness, interest, and support for funding research efforts, by awarding a photographer whose work tells the stories of people living with dementia, with dignity and respect.
“Cheryle St. Onge's project, "Calling the Birds Home" is a beautiful tribute to her mother who recently passed away from vascular dementia. The mother and daughter collaboration is a poetic and touching portrayal of one living with dementia. Cheryle's ability to show us beauty, humor and love during a time that can be dark, sad and painful is why the Bob and Diane Fund is honored to have Cheryle St. Onge as our 2021 Grantee”, said Gina Martin.
You can view Cheryle St. Onge’s work, “Calling the Birds Home” here: