If your family is anything like mine your family photos may date back to when you still had that mullet (bad haircut!! ) and were wearing an ugly pink and green 80′s dress. The years pass by and we run out of time for a photoshoot, or maybe don’t have the money. Next thing you know your family is now all grown up and the last time you had a family photo was 15 years ago. In fact, little Tommy wasn’t even born in your last family photo.
When you get older, and I’m not even talking 40′s I’m talking mid to late 20′s you’ll wish that you had family photos. Especially if someone in your family develops cancer.
This is what happened to my family. In July 2012, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. In September I realized that if we didn’t schedule a photoshoot soon there was a good possibility that we wouldn’t be able to have one last photoshoot with mom. My mom confident that Cancer wasn’t going to get her down told us to wait till the Holiday. Sadly, she lost her battle one month later. Trying to find photos of my mom was hard. She was always the one with the camera when we were growing up and with the exception of a few photos here and there we had nothing of her from the past 5 years. To this day I still hold tight to the photos of my mom and look at her picture every day missing her. I wish I had more photos of her so that when I have children I can show them pictures of their wonderful Grandmother who is loving them with all her heart from heaven.
In April, I started Project Joy (Joy isafter my mom Joyce and how she always brought Joy to my and my families life). Project Joy is a way to give back to families who are currently battling cancer. I want to make sure that every family has an opportunity to get photos with the ones they love just in case it is that last family photo. At this time I have completed 3 family sessions and so far I’ve been told that the photos have given family members dealing with cancer a little something extra to beat Cancer. I am fully confident that anyone can beat cancer. It’s not just the medicine it’s a mental game and I believe the photos help family members mentally grow stronger because they want to watch their family to grow.
Each month I collect nominations for families to receive a full family session and images. All you need to do is send me an email. Once I receive the email I will set up a shoot immediately with that family. These shoots are not just for kids with cancer or people with stage 4 cancer. It’s for any age, any stage, any type… Cancer is Cancer, and I want to help give families dealing with Cancer a little extra Joy!
To nominate a family please email me at email@example.com with the families name, email, and story.
Meet the Erdman Family
Right now the Erdman family is fighting Lung Cancer. It’s been a rough road for their family especially lately. This family is absolutely amazing. They are one of the kindest most giving families I have ever met.
You may have encountered on of the organizations that one of the daughters started called Take them a Meal. TakeThemAMeal.com is a free online tool designed to coordinate the delivery of meals to someone who is in need. TakeThemAMeal.com began when a community came together to meet real needs of a local family.
They are also running a
Project Chemo Comfies
“Each year around the holidays I create a special project in which I donate. This year I have created CHEMO COMFIES in honor of my father who is battling Cancer. We have many family members and friend…s battling cancer also so this cause is close to my heart. This year I have pledged to donate 200 No Sew Hand-Made fleece blankets to Chemo patients receiving treatment during the holidays. I have been in contact with St. Joseph and GBMC Cancer Institute’s and they will accept my donations beginning the week of Thanksgiving until the end of December. Each patient will be able to choose a blanket to use during treatment and keep to take home. My wish is that they know they are in our thoughts and prayers and we are thinking of them daily.”If you have a friend or family member who has fought or is fighting cancer please help me donate in their name. I will create a tag for each blanket in honor of your friend or family member.
Here is the plan and how you can help: Just a reminder that these are very simple and require no sewing! Each blanket takes 4 yards of Fleece (2 yards of 2 coordinating fabrics). Plenty of simple tutorials online.
Options on helping:
- You can create a blanket yourself
- Purchase JoAnn Fabric’s Gift cards for fleece to be purchased
- Purchase fleece and give it to me to put the blanket together
- Donate JoAnn Fabrics Coupons you receive
- You can tie the blankets together( I will cut the fleece and have everything ready)
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think would like to be involved, I welcome everyone. I plan to meet my goal of 200 blankets, but would love to exceed it too! Please contact me with any questions. Some people mentioned they thought the business/employers would be interested in donating also, that is great! 200 Blankets is just the start, they have many more patients that come through in a months time.
If 50 people donated 2 blankets each we could meet our goal for one hosiptal!
Please let me know if you are interested so I can keep count of how many blankets along the way:)
All my love and appreciation,
254 Jenny Lane
Stewartstown, PA 17363