Photo of the Day: High Hopes

I was SO excited after capturing this photo – it’s perfect representation of our Relay For Life event on Friday night. It was a huge success – our event raised over $76,000, my team raised over $4600, and I raised over $1000 for the American Cancer Society. Let me know if you’re interested in purchasing this photo through etsy (choose your own photo option) or the contact me page – all proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. I’d love for our team to reach our $5000 fundraising goal!

Photo of the Day: It’s Time to Light the Track

Tonight is Relay For Life. Tonight, I will celebrate all the progress we’ve made in the fight against cancer. Tonight, I will remember loved ones lost. Tonight, I will fight back against the disease – by raising money & raising awareness. Twenty of my closest friends and family and I will gather together, along with about 400 other participates, to walk the track all night. To do what we can to help create a world with less cancer. And one day in my lifetime, a world with no cancer. Please do what you can, too. Support Relay For Life by purchasing a print of one of my photos. This is your last chance for 2013.

A luminaria lit to remember my Aunt Jill, who passed away from pancreatic cancer almost 3 years ago.

Photo of the Day: A Great Gift

I served as the photographer for an important event at the American Cancer Society yesterday – they received a check for $100,000 from Black & Veatch for our Kansas City Hope Lodge, a facility where cancer patients can stay free of charge during treatment. I got to hang out with the Secret Service and this famous man below. Do you recognize him? (Hint: If you live in Missouri or you’re big into U.S. Politics, you should probably know him.) Shamefully, I probably wouldn’t have recognized him if he strolled by me on the street until yesterday.

Speaking of donations to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life is just one week away and I’m still fundraising! If you’d like to purchase a print of one of my photos, please visit my etsy site. 100% of proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

This famous man had a wonderful speech about the importance of cancer research funding at yesterday’s American Cancer Society 100th Birthday Celebration in Kansas City. The big question – who is it?

Photo of the Day: Celebrating a 100th Birthday

100 years ago today, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight against cancer. With the help of volunteers, they’ve made a lot of progress in that time. In 1913, 1 out of 10 people survived cancer. Today, 2 out of 3 people survive. There is still more work to do, but together, we can finish the fight. Let’s make this cancer’s last century. Join the American Cancer Society at cancer.org/fight.

Celebrating more birthdays today!

Photo of the Day: Birthday Wish

In honor of my birthday today, would you please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life? The Society is celebrating its 100th birthday next month, and it’s the official sponsor of birthdays, so the cause couldn’t be a better fit. I’m just a few hundred dollars away from my $1000 goal. Every amount helps!

Donate to Relay For Life

Cute birthday cupcake in a cone

Donate to Relay For Life, or purchase a photographic print for Relay

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.

Photographic Prints for Relay For Life

I’ve been team captain for our Relay For Life team for several years, so I’m constantly trying to come up with creative fundraisers. Last year I decided to try my hand at selling photographic prints, and I raised about $250 with that fundraiser. Not too bad! Naturally I want to beat that number this year. If you like my photography, please consider purchasing a photographic print. You can pick one of the Kansas City photos below, or you can pick any photo from my blog. Visit etsy.com to place an order. And if you don’t want a print but you still hate cancer, the American Cancer Society and I will happily accept donations to Relay For Life. Thank you for your continued support!

Union Station during Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Union Station during Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Kansas City's City Market
Kansas City’s City Market
A cow silhouetted against a Kansas City sunset
A cow silhouetted against a Kansas City sunset
Downtown Kansas City at night
Downtown Kansas City at night

 

Downtown Kansas City at night - B&W
Downtown Kansas City at night – B&W
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at night - B&W
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at night – B&W
Liberty Memorial during Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Liberty Memorial during Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Liberty Memorial at dusk
Liberty Memorial at dusk
Country Club Plaza lights at the JC Nichols Fountain
Country Club Plaza lights at the JC Nichols Fountain
Country Club Plaza lights
Country Club Plaza lights
Kansas City skyline - B&W
Kansas City skyline – B&W
Western Auto building in Kansas City
Western Auto building in Kansas City