I cannot say the word without getting annoyed.
Some of you may know the battle my own Mom fights.
Stage 4. My Mom. It never stops hurting when I say it.
But if you talk to my Mom you would never know how hard the battle has been because she is determined to live life.
I have been apart of a network called Think Pink Photography. The network helps breast cancer survivors and their supporters to celebrate life with charitable photography sessions. Their site is currently down, however, I am still participating in this organization because of how closely affected I am to this awful disease.
A few weeks ago while I was on vacation with my Mom and boys I received a request from Christine. Christine wrote "I am a breast cancer survivor still going through radiation treatment (following surgery and chemo) and want to get a photo of me the way I am now - not quite completely bald anymore but pretty close to it! I have been documenting this journey in a blog, and I would love to get some photos to complete this terrible and wonderful journey I have been on. Thank you. Chris "
I was able to share with my Mom immediatley about the inquiry and she was and is so supportive of anyone that can stare down the evil and give it the finger.
Please allow me to introduce Christine... She is a Sister, a loyal friend, a talented actress, and can make you feel as if you have known her forever in an instant. (She is even great at ditching the cops!! hhaha right Chris? )
We had so many laughs together. Real laughs. And we talked. Talked about the horror of chemo. We both shared stories, me of my Mom, her of her own experience.
Now meet the fighter. The woman that has endured so much in her life was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer earlier this year.
There needs to be a cure. There HAS to be a cure. SOON. On October 17th, 2010 at Jones Beach, NY I will be walking for my Mom. For my Aunt. For my best friends Mom. And for Christine. And for every Mom, Sister, Grandmother, friend, Aunt, cousin that you know that is suffering for the disease.
When I set the goal for $100 I thought it was a little high. With the economy like it is, it was hard for me to ask for donations. But when I did I was BLOWN away. Have I mentioned I have the most amazing friends and family in the WORLD? I have raised nearly $400 so far and I still have about 60 days left to raise money to help find a cure.
You can watch my video here : MY BREAST CANCER TEAM PAGE
I want to thank Christine for contacting me. You have touched my life with your story. You are a soulful person with so much personality. I truly hope you see how beautiful you are in these portraits!!
THANK YOU AGAIN!