Maureen O’Neill, friend, cancer victim and Hospice of the North Shore patient, died 10 years ago today, on May 9, 2003. In January 2003 I contacted the Hospice of the North Shore in Danvers about the possibility of following the trials and tribulations of a patient from their hospice. They introduced me to Danvers resident Maureen O’Neill. I spent the majority of my time with Maureen, at her house and beyond, from the time she returned home from Salem Hospital to the moment of her death. I often think about the first time I met Maureen. In order for this project to go forward, Maureen insisted on meeting with me first and seeing some of my photography work. I brought my photo portfolio to Salem Hospital, just a few days before she was to be released to the peaceful confines of her home. Maureen chose to bypass chemotherapy to die at home with her 92 year old mother at her side. One of the first photos in that photo portfolio was a mother duckling and her babies crossing a busy street in Waltham. Maureen loved the photo as she was a huge bird lover. We hit it off from that moment forward. The following photos are dedicated to Maureen’s loyal friends and family, the Hospice of the North Shore, and most of all, to Maureen.