Making Strides Against Breast Cancer | Portraits of Hope

Most every year I volunteer to take photos for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kansas City. This is the second year I’ve had the honor of taking photos of the Kansas City Portraits of Hope – breast cancer survivors who share their stories and inspire others. Here are just a few of my favorite shots of these incredible individuals.

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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

Day 281: It’s “Pink” Month

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s breast cancer awareness month. Pink is everywhere. I was actually late to work the first day of October because they were installing pink lights on the Broadway Bridge downtown. I don’t mean to complain … awareness is important. By now I think everyone is aware; in my opinion prevention is key. If you’re a female 40 or older, get a yearly mammogram! Now on to the photo.

The water in this fountain has been dyed pink for breast cancer awareness month. I see symbolism in this image. Hopefully one day children like those in this fountain will never have to worry about cancer.

Day 237: One In Eight.

Did you know one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? And one in three women, and one in two men will be diagnosed with some type of cancer. Yesterday morning was the 3rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off breakfast in Kansas City. The American Cancer Society holds a huge breakfast for all of those interested in forming a team for the 5k Strides walk in October. If you’re passionate about breast cancer, you can get involved in this walk in Kansas City or in many other cities across the U.S. makingstrideskansascity.org.

A breast cancer survivor holds a pink rose at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off breakfast at Arrowhead Stadium.

Day 220: Little Hands of Hope

Yesterday I helped out with a photography project for the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Kansas City. One of my coworkers brought her adorable daughters to work for a mini photo shoot. I pray that my job at the American Cancer Society will eventually lead us to a world where these girls will never have to worry about cancer.

We are the future. We are hope. These little hands will be used in an upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer presentation.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

I helped take photos at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off breakfast on Aug. 26 in Kansas City. It was a great event – and based on the turnout, I know the American Cancer Society will have a great Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October! If you would like to get involved, visit www.makingstrideskansascity.org.

Uptown Theater

Registration tables

Lovely breakfast buffet

Emcees from Fox 4 News and Star 102.1

Christy, the wonderful event manager, showing off the T-shirts

An overall of the kick-off breakfast

Survivor receiving a pink rose

Team captain packets