Daily Grateful: December 11, 2013

The Pink Tutu Project

The Pink Tutu Project Featuring “Bob”

So a guy runs around in a pink tutu and gets his picture taken in all kinds of locations. No big deal right? Um, no, a very big deal. Because this particular guy has turned a lark and a way to make his wife smile in the face of the breast cancer she was diagnosed with 10 years ago. But Bob and his wife know that insurance doesn’t cover all the costs of fighting breast cancer, and so they turned Bob’s efforts to make his wife smile into the Pink Tutu Project and are now selling a book, the proceeds from which go to women with breast cancer. This is such a great story, that I had to share it here. According to their website:

The Tutu Project™ began in 2003 as a lark. I mean, really, think of it. Me photographing myself in a pink tutu, how crazy is that?

But ten years ago my wife, Linda, and I moved to the East Coast and, as odd as it may sound it, the self-portraits proved to be a perfect way of expressing myself. Why? Because even though the move was exciting, exhilarating, and inspiring, it was 180 degrees from what I knew. So I took the old, mixed it in with the new, and kept the tutu handy.

Six months after the move, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat it, only to have it recur in 2006. During these past nine years, I’ve been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing—no, the only thing—we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others.

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A book with pictures of a man in a pink tutu. Net proceeds go to help women with breast cancer. How great is that?

Last September, through the sale of prints, Linda and I self-published Ballerina. Not only is it a collection of my tutu images, it also shares many humorous stories about the adventures of a guy and his pink tulle. So far, there has been a tremendous response to Ballerina—people are particularly moved by the images. Because of their interest and enthusiasm we want to share that experience with as many people as possible.

Through Linda’s personal battle, she has made it her goal to raise funds for women and their families that need financial support during their breast cancer journey. To help make her dream a reality, net proceeds from the sale of Ballerina will go directly to The Carey Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization that we established in 2012. There are so many expenses not covered by insurance, but what’s so great is that for every $1,000 raised we can make a significant difference to these women. We’ll be able to help with transportation to doctor appointments; wigs; lymphedema sleeves; childcare and counseling. To help distribute the funds we’ve partnered with CancerCare, a nationally run non-profit.

I have to say, I love this story. If you want to contribute, go to their website and check out some of the photos of Bob. Donate to the Carey Foundation here.

Yours in Mental Hygiene,

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