There are so many wonderful organizations all around us in need of donations, time, volunteers and assistance. Far too many to support them all. Many of which our family has supported over the years, such as the Red Cross, the Cancer Society, St. Jude, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the list goes on. However, at the time that my uncle passed away in 2010, I had just about seen enough of cancer. I had watched both my mother and my uncle go through what one can only describe as personal “hell”, in an effort to try and win that battle. They both dedicated themselves to obeying their fine doctors and following the regimen of surgeries, treatments, chemotherapy, radiation and, in my uncle’s case, several other trial drugs and test treatments. Each one would bring about new and different side effects. The continual roller coaster of “up’s and down’s” in health was tough to watch. In my mother’s case, we were fortunate. She came to live with us during her treatments and after having a stem cell transplant and receiving chemotherapy at Henry Ford Hospital, I am so happy to report that she is now past 14 years in remission 🙂 Unfortunately, my uncle, a beautiful, talented, loving and amazingly gifted individual lost his battle at 70, after a 2 and a 1/2 year fight. The sad thing was that this was not his first battle with the beast. He had already been in remission since his first bout of cancer; and we were hoping that he was to stay that way. Nothing can prepare you for cancer; nothing feels worse than to hear that it’s returned.
So, when I sat down with my family to discuss the opportunities I had in front of me to really put my business behind a solid purpose and to use it to help others, we talked about a few options. We agreed that hands down, for our family, there was really nothing else that deserves our attention, dedication and devotion like cancer awareness. As a result, I am proud to say that my business donates a portion of our annual proceeds to the American Cancer Society in the hopes that we can find a cure. In the meantime, every little bit helps the research, training, education, the support, the comforting and the family peace of mind that is necessary to help individuals and families work together to get through their treatments, be strong and recover.
Throughout the year, we also support the Michigan Humane Society. Whether through the Mega March for Animals, the countless fundraisers or simple donations, this has been an ongoing family charity that we simply cannot ignore. We have always been animal lovers, dogs especially (the bigger the better!). It’s important to me that we support this amazing organization since they rely so heavily on their donations to be able to take care of the astonishing numbers of animals that they save, nurse to health and find homes for every year!
Lastly, I am also proud to be a participating photographer for Inspiration through Art. This organization is made up of photographers, artists, children and other volunteers nation-wide that provide free programs and services to children in need, who sometimes feel forgotten because of their illnesses. As participating photographers, we are there to let them know that they are HEROES to many and their stories are important! We help to tell their stories and it makes me very proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization. If you would like more information about Inspiration for Art, just click on the link above.