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.