My father was diagnosed with cancer near his seventieth birthday, in September, and passed away the following April. During his illness, I made four trips back home to Westville, Illinois, where both my parents were born and raised.

As painful as it was, this time also brought my family closer together. I wanted to document the experience as a way of honoring its importance. I also wanted to record my parents’ love and devotion before it was too late.

— Bob Bayles

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