RACHEL MINDRUP
These documentary styled paintings are all done with the assistance of those portrayed coordinating their own photo shoots and celebrating their vocations or hobbies. Together we work on how the portrait should be handled. Each participant writes his or her own biography and ends it with a positive note for all of us to ponder and live by!  Please view the entire collection at: http://www.facebook.com/ManyFacesNF

Philip Firing up the Grill
2017
Oil on Canvas
30" x 24"

Philip Moss is from Birmingham, Alabama and was diagnosed with NF at the age of 37 following the diagnosis of both of his children in 2012. The diagnosis was somewhat of a surprise since he has no significant indicators. Since his oldest child has significant tumor issues Philip struggled with feelings of guilt for passing along this condition to his kids. In retrospect Philip can think of a few clues that could have indicated a need for further tests. In high school he had a tumor removed from his back and like many with NF, often has trouble staying on task and is self-diagnosed as ADD. He was always the shortest in his classes and took growth hormones through high school.

The Moss family attended the 2013 NF Forum where they were all exposed to what this condition means for many and what it could mean for them. Philip and his family are active in the NF community. Philip feels fortunate to live in Birmingham where some of the most renowned NF doctors reside. Philip’s son is enrolled in a clinical trial through NIH and had significant success in reducing the size of his plexiform tumor.

Philip’s currently works for Mississippi State University in the office of undergraduate admission and scholarships. He enjoys working with students as they are figuring out what they want to become, and the opportunities that exist for them to learn and grow in college. Outside of work Philip enjoys spending time with family and standing over a hot grill with something delicious cooking.
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