Tom LaBaff – Confronting Cancer with Creativity


“Someone going through stage IV lymphoma has every excuse to ignore the world and focus on one thing: recovery.

But Tom LaBaff, an illustrator, designer and entrepreneur, decided to use that experience – and his artistic skills – to help others endure treatment with more dignity and maybe even a smile. It was one of those simple ideas borne of necessity: LaBaff created a line of T-shirts with durable, boomerang-shaped, plastic zippers to provide nurses access. He also made them good-looking, practical – even fun.”

Tom LaBaff is an artist living in Florida we featured on this site a while ago. Tom shared his inspiring story of survival with us and I thought I’d share it with our Illustration Age audience. You can read more about Tom’s experience with this fight and overcoming of Cancer. Congratulations Tom! Illustration Age sends our love and support. You can read about this story¬†HERE

You can see more of Tom’s work HERE.

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Author:Michael Byers

Michael Byers is a freelance illustrator living in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife and two cats. He spends most of his time in his studio creating whimsical images for editorial and advertising clients. He loves to draw, drink coffee, and collaborate with other illustrators, art directors, art buyers, and anyone else who loves to create. You can see his work at

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2 Comments on “Tom LaBaff – Confronting Cancer with Creativity”

  1. March 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Making art is a great way to respond to whatever happens in our lives! All the best to Tom!

  2. March 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    Powerful combination of life experiences with images…effective creative content for the “outside” world to have more compassion for someone who is fighting for survival from cancer diagnosis.


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