Photographer shares dramatic journey after leukemia diagnosis in ‘Septua’ exhibition

Photographer shares dramatic journey after leukemia diagnosis in ‘Septua’ exhibition

SAN ANTONIO – After his leukemia diagnosis in 2017, Reg Campbell, a professional photographer, began documenting what he thought would be seven months of treatment.

“Septua,” which is Latin for seven, was the title Campbell chose for the collection of photos he took, said Ashley Frolick, a spokeswoman for South Texas Blood and Tissue.

“The seven ended up lasting longer than he expected,” Frolick said.

Frolick said she helped Campbell organize the exhibit before his death in 2020.

The “Septua” exhibit, postponed due to the pandemic, is on view through Dec. 3 at the San Antonio Center for Photography in the 700 block of South Alamo in King William County.

Frolick said Campbell’s exhibit is in partnership with the center, South Texas Blood and Tissue, and Be the Match, a national registry that connects patients with their donor match for life-saving bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants.


Adriana Vasquez worked with South Texas Blood and Tissue to help spread the word about Campbell’s search for a blood marrow donor.

Vasquez, who is now with the Blood and Tissue Foundation, said that’s one of the reasons Campbell recounts his journey with cancer — to give potential donors an “inside look” at the patient and the family they would help.

Frolick said: “He could do it in such a raw way. And I think it’s very important for the public to see that.”

However, she said Campbell never found his perfect match, partly because of who he was.

“Unfortunately, when you look at the odds of finding a match, it’s very difficult, especially for an African-American man,” she said. “It has to do with your ancestry.”

Still, they said Campbell was committed to helping others find theirs.


“The more people who join the Be the Match registry, the more likely a patient will find the match they need,” Frolick said.

This Saturday, the public will have the opportunity during a blood and marrow registry drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the United Way parking lot in the 700 block of South Alamo. The “Septua” exhibition, which is on display nearby, will be open for viewing on Saturday from 12:00 to 17:00.


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