For the past 3 years I have been the exclusive photographer for The Real Men Wear Pink- Lehigh Valley and what a truly incredible journey it has been.
Real Men Wear Pink is a fundraising event/cause/mission for the whole month of events for some amazing men who have a HUGE impact in their areas fundraise and collect donations and create events and raffles and endless ways for people to give to their local women who are effected by breast cancer. This fundraising provides wigs for women, rides to and from Chemo, hotel stays for them and their families, phone calls to their local support hotline as well as many other things.
After months of prepping and picking and nominating the perfect men who would actively help raise funds for breast cancer, wear pink every single day in October and show up and host many many events to send the message of Hope and help inspire others to be apart of something so big.
This year though, I think it was bigger than anyone apart of it event realized, The men were something special and really big goals and crushed them over and over again, the American Cancer Society team ran around to every single event so the men always had support in their events, Endless Volunteers that helped in many different ways, As well as photo and video team their to document so many of the big moments.
This year I wanted to help someone directly effected by breast cancer, someone who could show elegance and grace and what it is like to be bald and beautiful. My stunning friend Stacey, who is 27 and kicking butt and going to chemo till June (Can't wait to ring that bell with her) I wanted to show everyone why and who we fight for every day, why we fundraise and why we hustle so hard. So I called on some of my amazing friends who empower and make so many feel beautiful.
Thank you so much to Holly Plank from Pure.Salon in Allentown PA, let us use her space and styled the wig, but also Stacey's hairdresser and friend who supported and donated time and services to the cause.
MaryBeth Peters who is a professional Lash Stylist to give her some lashes and glam makeup to make Stacey feel beautiful
Rahmieneh for donating jewelry to give us the perfect pink glam to send the message
Fox and Finch for allowing us to use their location on a closed day when the weather failed us that day in November.
After this session, Stacey actually spoke at our BIG event, the Pink Party and I would like to really think that was the big PUSH to greatness.
After her strong words told us her story and inspired us to be great and fight even harder for her and women like her all over the world. Stacey is EVERY woman, she's someone's daughter, someone's loved one, someone's sister, She's someone's SOMEONE.
THANK YOU STACEY for daring our men to be great, they happily accepted the challenge and kicked butt raising big numbers. But no one said we couldn't have some fun for a good cause.
Here's some of my MOST favorite moments of this years Real Men Wear Pink 2018 Lehigh Valley
That being said- We raised over $136,000 in the month of October, that impact is huge and we are truly making a difference in the world!