Sunday, June 1, 2008

CLICK June: Yellow for Bri

It is terrifying to me that cancer has touched the life of almost everyone I know in some way or another. Has it always been that way? Or does it seem to others as well that it becomes more and more prevalent as years pass? Fortunately people are paying attention and countless dollars are contributed each year to help scientists, hospitals, and individual patients pursue a cure. Still, cancer will at some point confront someone we know--all the more reason we should make every effort to address it however we can. It's one of the reasons I ran two marathons with Team in Training, an organization dedicated to raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This is on my mind right now because few weeks back I received a very thrilling email asking me to be one of the judges for the June Edition of CLICK, an aptly named food photography event that is hosted every month by Jugalbandi (a blog that inspires me in two of my very favorite things: cooking and photography).

This month's CLICK is far more than just a food photography contest, however. Bee and Jai, the talented twosome behind Jugalbandi, are combining CLICK with a fundraiser in support of a close friend and fellow blogger, Bri Brownlow (author of Figs With Bri), who is currently fighting Stage IV cancer.

Bri was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28, two and a half years ago. After a mastectomy, chemo, and two years apparently in remission the cancer is back and has metastasized to other parts of her body. Bri lost her own mother to breast cancer when she was just a girl, and now she's fighting that same battle. More about it here.

The fundraiser that Jugalbandi is hosting in conjunction with the June edition of CLICK will help Bri and her family meet her out-of-pocket medical costs for one year. The goal is $12,000.

As a way of supporting Bri, various photographers, chefs, and other talented friends have donated some incredible items that will be raffled off as part of the fundraiser (personally, I have my eye on that Gorillapod). Every donation will go towards a raffle ticket for the item of your choice, and the funds will go directly to Bri.

CLICK has a different theme every month, and this month's CLICK theme was Bri's own choice: Yellow--the color of hope, which through the work of Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong Foundation, has come to signify the fight against cancer. I know that all you photographers out there could do amazing and creative things with that theme. Below is my first attempt:

The deadline for submitting a photograph for CLICK is June 30, 2008, and you will be able to view all the entries here. The fundraiser will extend until July 15, 2008.

Please check out Jugalbandi for more information and support this campaign by participating in the fundraising raffle, submitting a photo on the theme of Yellow for CLICK, and by encouraging others to do the same.

We're rooting for you Bri.


Ashkon said...

A worthy cause.

But wait! You're judging a photography contest? Wow.

amy said...

wow, what an amazing initiative! I am thrilled to hear about it, thanks fro sharing! and your yellow picture looks great!

bee said...

thanks for the support. and i love that picture. it is smile-inducing.

Kacey said...

Wow, that is so cool what they are doing! Thanks for telling us about it.

And I love your yellow photo!

Chessa said...

what a wonderful cause. Sadly I lost a friend to this disease and know too many people who have lost a parent or other loved one. Thanks for telling us about this...I know I have something yellow to contribute:)

jessamyn said...

oh this is wonderful! thank you for sharing the cause and the story. i hope to contribute.

Sabrina said...

It is scary how much more prevalent cancer seems to be these days. My heart goes out to Bri as she travels this difficult journey. On a positive note, it is great to see how people gather in support of this cause and others like it. Thanks for letting me know about this fundraiser.

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Elizabeth said...

Ash - I know, a daunting prospect.

Bee - I'm so glad to be involved.

Amy, Kacey, Chessa, Jessamyn and Sabrina - You ladies are awesome. Thanks for your support!

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