Julie's search for a little photographic respect...
This may be a tad bit off the topic of the Crop, but it is definitely something that needs to be addressed. One of the hazards of working on an event such as this is that you will do just about anything to make it be successful. That means: allowing your friend and co-organizer to slap photos of you all over the worldwide web. For those of you who have visited our humble little blog more than once, you may have noted an often changing header photo. Let me point out that we are charity minded. That extends to the way we treat our friends. Poor Julie. If you have been paying attention, you will have seen that Julie has suffered mightily for our cause. The header photo has been changed frequently in an attempt to capture a photo that represents us and the Crop, but also that represented Julie in a state much closer to the real thing. That means: not looking like one or all of the following: very angry, very "challenged", or like a stalker (as in the last header photo where we are posed with the giant Cricut cricket at CHA Chicago). Like I said: poor, poor Julie. She suffers from a complete inability to be photographed in her natural state. Seriously. And now she is getting a complex. The whole time we were at CHA, Kim (who is a bit of a photography nut) kept snapping pictures all over the place. Everytime she took one of Julie she would look at the resulting photo on the screen and go "Nope." or "Yeah, that's not good." So, you can see why this has become a bit of a hurdle for Julie. Now whenever anyone goes to take a picture, she freezes like a deer in the headlights. She reminds me of my kids. If they know I am going to take a picture, they suddenly lose all natural control of their facial muscles and they come off looking like a jack o' lantern with one eye shut and a stiff, cheesy grin on their face. Now, before you think I am being unkind to Julie, you have to know that I am changing these photos per her request. The first step towards healing is always acceptance. And Julie has definitely come to accept that she has a slight "photographic problem". So, please, tell her how nice she looks in the new photo. We will be doing an intervention soon where I'll tie her to a chair and we'll snap flashbulbs in her face until she relaxes out of sheer exhaustion. I'll keep you up to date with her progress. So, I think it is only fair that I give you the following photos for your consideration. Kim, who is undeniably the most photogenic of the group, did a little posing in our hotel room as "Super Scrapper"! Enjoy!
Well, I'll be seeing you. At least I hope so...I'm gong into hiding. Because Kim's going to kill me!!!!
Hi! We're three Moms from Duluth, MN who had the idea to harness our love for scrapbooking and help our charity of choice: the Young Survival Coalition.
October 13, 2007 was the Inaugural Crop For A Cure and we are proud to say it was an unbelievable success!
Last year, we held the second Crop For A Cure, and included classes taught by industry professionals!
This year, we hit a few bumps in the road, but we're forging ahead with our third event. The name may change, the date will change (it's January 23, 2010) but the scrap time remains the same. Get ready for 15 hours of fun!
The Generosity of our Crop Participants Has Helped Provide...
*The opportunity to open the local Young Survival Coalition office in Duluth, February 2009. *More than 75 Newly Diagnosed Resource Kits to young women in our area who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. *Scholarships to seven women to attend the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. *Educational programs: The Genetics of Breast Cancer and Understanding Your Reconstruction Options.
One of our generous donors
What is the YSC?
The YSC is the premier international, nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy, and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer.
Both Julie and Alane are young breast cancer survivors. Alane was 31 when she was diagnosed and Julie was 42. Neither of them had a family history of breast cancer. Since their diagnosis and treatment they have worked hard to get the Duluth Affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition up and running. The group is now very active, participating in community breast cancer events as well as general cancer events, holding monthly support group meetings, and raising money to help educate young women about their risk of breast cancer.