A few weeks ago I was asked to help with a project that sorority sisters of Indiana University would be undertaking this year. The sorority focuses it’s philanthropic efforts toward Breast Cancer Awareness. The project itself will be tackled by the girls this fall, but they were in need of women telling their stories and having those women photographed. That’s where I came in. On a very steamy afternoon we invited two families to come out to the farm to be photographed.
Amanda, and her five year old daughter, Ellie, were the first in front of the camera. Boundless energy that only a five year old can have, kept me hopping. I think we spent only 15 minutes getting the shots that we needed, but the entire time we were shooting I had to keep on my toes!! Miss Ellie was in top form and made sure that I worked for every smile. Amanda had told us her story of breast cancer, finding out when Ellie was just three that she would be battling this awful disease. I would imagine that Ellie’s smile was a wonderful distraction as Amanda went through treatment.
And the second family included a very feisty grandmother who is a 27 year survivor of breast cancer. Her granddaughter, Robin, is currently organizing the Relay for Life at University High School. Hearing this grandmother’s story of arriving here in the United States from South Africa, only to learn as she arrived that she too would be battling this disease, was inspiring. And her very spirited decision to take on cancer and and take it down! And who doesn’t want to listen to her tell the story when she has that lovely accent!!
We’ve created a short video that shows some of the highlights out at the farm! I hope Claire’s sorority at IU is very successful this year in their quest to raise funds to help find a cure. Please leave a bit of love in the comments…we would love to hear from you!