Kyleigh’s Gift 5k

This weekend we participated in a very special event – the first annual Kyleigh’s Gift 5k/3k Run/Walk. It was held in conjunction with National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in memory of Kyleigh, a baby who passed away unexpectedly during childbirth. The money raised goes toward a fund her family started to provide sleep sacks for each baby born at Liberty Hospital. It’s a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts – most of us know someone who has lost a baby or had a miscarriage.

On a more upbeat note – I loved the lively atmosphere with all the kiddos! Check out the photos below.

Best balloon animal ever.
Best balloon animal ever
A butterfly release to remember Kyleigh.
A butterfly release to remember Kyleigh
Kyleigh's parents and brothers.
Kyleigh’s parents and brothers
Adorable kid's fun run.
Adorable kid’s fun run
This cutie was more interested in my camera than the fun run.
This cutie was more interested in my camera than winning the run

Photo(s) of the Day: Running Pro

Baby K is getting the hang of this running thing, after three long Saturday morning runs in a row! A training run, Helen Gold 10k (for Parkinson’s disease), and Get Your Rear in Gear 5k (for colon cancer). Helen Gold was a chilly 46 degrees, so she was bundled up. Get Your Rear in Gear was much warmer, and as a bonus she got a flower from a face painter!





Photo Essay | Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

I posted a photo of the Kansas City Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Monday. Now that I’ve edited the other 300, I wanted to share a few more to give you a sense of this fabulous event. Kansas City raised over $400,000 for the American Cancer Society this year!

My husband’s aunts have both unfortunately had to deal with breast cancer.
About 15,000 people participated in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Gathering for warm-ups and a ceremony before the walk.
A couple of the enthusiastic walkers.
A very spirited Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participant.
People walk to fight breast cancer with the beautiful Kansas City skyline in the background.
About to cross the finish line!
A Making Strides Against Breast Cancer banner flies in front of Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

Photo of the Day: Rave Run

On Friday night a few of my friends participated in the Rave Run in Kansas City. The Rave Run is a 5k un-timed race through the dark, with lots of bright, flashing, neon lights; people wearing glow glasses, bracelets, and other crazy apparel; and rave music along the route. Since we weren’t racing the clock, it was fun to run alongside my husband and friends. Despite the fact that we held a conversation the entire time, we still finished in under 29 minutes, according to our watch. Obviously I couldn’t carry my Canon 60d while I ran, so my little point-and-shoot had to suffice.

An abstract shot taken while running the Rave Run

Photo of the Day: The “Look”

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this past weekend we attended Purple Stride, a Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 5k. After seeing my twin cousins’ facial expressions in this photo from the event, I couldn’t help but share it. If you wrote your own caption, what would it say?

Izac and Devon at Purple Stride. Feel free to comment below with your own caption about what they may have been thinking as I snapped this photo!

Photo of the Day: Cancer Hero

This weekend my family participated in PurpleStride, a 5k run/walk for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This year’s Kansas City event has raised $297,000 – a HUGE growth for its third year. The best part about the event? It’s more than just a walk. It’s more like a carnival with booths, thousands of people, and a huge kids activity area complete with a blow up slide, face paint, crafts, and popcorn and cotton candy. I love how this event is raising awareness about pancreatic cancer. In 2013 45,220 will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and 38,460 will die from it. Hopefully fundraisers like this will change those grim statistics.

See my photo from the inaugural Kansas City walk.

My cousin Taylor is going to be a great supporter of cancer awareness when she grows up. Tay lost her grandma to pancreatic cancer almost 3 years ago.

Making Strides to End Breast Cancer

Last weekend I was an event photographer for the fabulous Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity walk in Kansas City. It started out chilly , but it turned into a beautiful day. Best of all – the event raised over $322,000 for the American Cancer Society’s fight to end breast cancer! This year I walked the route with my camera, so I got to see some great views of the city flooded in pink.

Kansas City’s Union Station illuminated in pink as the sun begins to rise
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Chevy Camaro a pace car
One of the cutest walkers
Liberty Memorial flooded with thousands of people for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Ladies dancing & having fun during the opening ceremonies
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walkers taking a lap around Liberty Memorial
Remembering those who have fought breast cancer

A world with less breast cancer…

… is a world with more birthdays. Last week I was asked to photograph the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast in Kansas City. It was held at Arrowhead Stadium and it’s a great cause, so I was happy to help out. Making Strides is an American Cancer Society 5k walk benefiting breast cancer. There are events all across the country, so if breast cancer is something you’re passionate about, check out

We arrived at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast well before sunrise.
The breakfast was held at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Attendees grabbed breakfast before the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer presentation.
About 300 guests attended the free breakfast to learn about the Making Strides walk.
Emcee Davo, from Mix 93.3, along with American Cancer Society staff person Lauren, hosted the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer breakfast.
Two women’s health physicians had a great presentation about signs of breast cancer, what to expect during a mammogram, and going through breast cancer treatment.
Future Making Strides team captains talked with Society staff after the event. Staff will stay in contact with team captains from now until the October 27 walk.