Okay, okay, maybe I shouldn’t have used the moon reference to tie the two photos together. All jokes aside, Saturday morning we ran the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k for the Colon Cancer Coalition in memory of a church friend Ryan Goddard, who passed away last year from colon cancer at just 29 years old. I also beat my previous 5k time with a new record of 28:50! Sunday was pretty uneventful, and I almost forgot to take a photo. (gasp!) After spending about 30 minutes outside in the heat & humidity trying to photograph a flying barn swallow, I settled on a photo of the moon instead.
My aunt Jill passed away from pancreatic cancer last July. So when my family heard about the first pancreatic cancer PurpleStride 5k in Kansas City, we jumped on board. We ran, walked, raised money, and volunteered at the event. It was a huge success, drawing 1100 participants and raising over $97,000! This photo is what it’s all about – the survivors. Out of 1100 people, there were only eight survivors. Eight. There have been almost no advancements in pancreatic cancer in the last 40 years, and the five-year survival rate is only 4%. Hopefully with passionate people like those we celebrated with Saturday morning, those numbers will start to change.
1/400 sec., f/4.0, ISO 200
18-200 mm lens (28 mm), natural light