In April, I had the opportunity to be a part of a new fundraising event, a daddy daughter dance, for the Cancer Stinks Relay for Life team. The Cancer Stinks movement was created in 2007 by Nici Ankney, who at the time was a melanoma survivor. Nici was a married mom of 3 who also taught at Creekside in Franklin, Indiana. Nici started working with the American Cancer Society out of her passion to help others. She was on the board for Relay for Life and helped organize recruitment for a cancer prevention study that tracks people over decades to see why some develop cancer while others do not. In November 2008, Nici discovered her melanoma had returned and had spread to her lungs. On March 15, 2009, God called Nici home to battle her cancer no more. The Cancer Stinks movement still lives on today in her memory as they continue to fundraise for Relay for Life. The dance was just one of many events throughout the year to bring recognition to the need for a cure while helping raise money for research. The Cancer Stinks team has an event coming up on June 2, 2016 if you would like to attend. You can register by clicking the button below.
Meet Connor an Edinburgh High School Class of 2016 Senior. When his mom called to schedule his session, she caught me out shopping for backdrops for an upcoming dance shoot. I stood in a corner of a Goodwill store and we discussed the ins and outs of my senior sessions. She informed me that her amazing son would be leaving, after graduation, to serve his country as a Marine. You could hear the pride in her voice as she talked to me about him.
I had so much fun with this family, mom and little brother tagged along, during his session. I loved meeting all of them and getting a little insight to their life and future. This is one of the reasons I love working with seniors. Senior year is such an important transformative time in their young lives as well as their families.