Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Making A Difference

In 2009, Shannon Horton, RN of Virginia was overwhelmed by the staggering number of friends, and families of friends that were impacted by the consequences of Breast Cancer.  She decided to do “something” to make a difference.  Inspired by a calendar featuring British women of all ages she embarked on a project to produce a similar calendar featuring survivors of Breast Cancer and other women who had been impacted by this horrible decease.
Shannon arranged for a photographer to donate his time and talent.  She enlisted friends to be “models.”   She asked them to strip down and pose in a setting that represented their passions and interests, and was pleasantly surprised at the willingness of otherwise shy individuals who were anxious to participate for this worthy cause
Nurse Horton went about the arduous task of raising money to pay for the printing and production costs.  In a troubled time for American economics she managed to scrape up “sponsors” for the calendar’s individual months and eventually secured funds to make the project a reality. 
She arranged for a volunteer support staff of make-up artists, hair dressers, clerical and craft services Over a Sunday in April 2010 and another in May 2010 conducted a professional  “Figure Shoot” that resulted in images of women, of a variety of ages, sizes and walks of life captured in their natural beauty.
The resulting product was marketed with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer research.
Shannon Horton’s modest project is meant to  be purchased and displayed in locations all over the world as a re enforcement of Breast Cancer awareness and a testament to the courage and determination of the woman who suffer with it and the families who stand by and support them.
She, the “model’s” who bare it all in the calendar, and all the participants in the production who made it all possible believe that in their small, humble way, they have made a difference.  As a “survivor’s” spouse I thank her.  If your interested in a calendar or just curious about the project check out -

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