A thank you note!

I received this amazing note from Elizabeth McCullough, who is the co-event coordinator for the Oral Cancer Foundation 5K walk in West Florida, to whom I donated a 5x7 print - thought I would share it here!

I started following Katie after I saw her photo of a lonely road. To me it looked like she had filmed it in the lost art of black and white photography. I complimented her on her work and learned that it wasn't shot in black and white but just how the day and light was. I was hooked on her skill as a photographer at that moment.

I asked Katie I think around September of 2016 if she ever donated her prints to be raffled off? Her answer was she had never done so but was willing to donate to my cause. Now I know you are wonder just what cause that is? It is the Oral Cancer Foundation. Now a little bit of information on this organization.

The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service, non-profit entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support activities. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer. Approximately 49,750 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. For more than a decade there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. www.oralcancerfoundation.org

Who am i ? My name is Elizabeth McCullough, I am a co event coordinator for the Oral Cancer Foundation 5K walk/run for Awareness West Coast Florida. We have our event every April so for this years event I was looking for different items to be placed in our event day raffle. That is why I asked Katie to help out with a donated print. This years event was a great success with the addition of non dental raffle items like Katie's print and the awesome support of the the St. Petersburg College of Dental Hygienist students, we were able to raise $7009.00 which put us at a 47% of our goal.

What makes the OCF different from other non profit organizations is that only necessary items are paid for at each event, items like tables and tents for our dentist to perform free oral cancer screenings, a timing company for our runners, the medals for our top runners in each age group male and female, our balloon arch and if we do not get enough water donated water for the walkers and runners. That is it. All other items must be donated. By keeping fund raising event cost down that allows for the money to go to the following: research for cures, education, support for survivors,  and raising awareness of how devastating this cancer is.

I want to give a big heart felt thank you to Katie for her donated print.

Elizabeth McCullough

Elizabeth has been a strong supporter of my work, often sharing my posts via my Facebook page, so I want to give her a heart felt thank you as well! I was very happy to donate to such a worthwhile cause. If you have a cause that you'd like me to donate a print to, please feel free to give me a shout.

Please visit  www.oralcancerfoundation.org for more information, and to help out if you can. Also, be sure to get checked once a year for oral cancer by your PCP or dentist.

Our Lady Peace: George Street Festival, St. John's, July 28

Back in July, I had the pleasure of attending the George Street Festival in St. John's.  The streets were packed with tonnes of sweaty fans, waiting to relive their teenage memories, or younger folks, experiencing 90's rock for the first time. Our Lady Peace. My absolute, hands-down, favourite band when I was in high school. I would do anything, and go anywhere, for this band. And yet, somehow, this was my first time seeing them out of my home province of Ontario. I was pretty stoked.

The band sounded amazing, and seemed genuinely thrilled to be playing to the large crowd of on-lookers, pouring out a set of mostly singles, with a few newer songs thrown in for good measure.

The absolute best moment though?  Definitely had to be the encore, when suddenly, Raine appeared on the rooftop of one of the bars - The Rock House - located behind the stage, and belted out Starseed from high above the crowd. 

This isn't even half of the photos I took... it was just too hard to resist - being up close and seeing my favourite band! Perhaps more to come soon, either here on the blog, or over at my facebook page! Be sure to "like" so you don't miss 'em!