Before I even begin, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this blog. It means a lot that you even clicked on the link and are taking the time to read this story. This story is about Amanda.
Amanda is my friend and also the wife one of my best friends, Matthew. They got married last summer and have already been through a lot. Amanda has Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a lifelong, hereditary disease that causes thick mucus to form in the lungs. This mucus blocks the airways, causing lung damage, making it hard to breathe, and leading to serious lung infections. Amanda (like the other 30,000 Americans with Cystic Fibrosis) has struggled with this disease her entire life. Her journey has been long and hard, but she has finally reached the point where even simple things like walking needs to be treated by breathing treatments.
But here comes the good news! She is now in the great and capable hands of the doctors at Stanford Medical Center. Because she failed her tests, she actually is now able to able to get a lung transplant, allowing her a 2nd chance at life. This would mean Amanda could lead a much normal life with her family, her new husband Matthew, and all the people she loves dearly.
Now here’s where you come in. Amanda journey is starting to look a little better, but she still has a long way to go. So the very 1st thing I wanna ask all of you is to say a prayer for her. She needs strength not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Keeping her in your thoughts and prayers will dramatically help her and it’s the absolute best thing we can do. The second thing we can do is help her financially and create an awesome project. This is where you guys really come in.
As I heard the news about her upcoming surgery and the help she needed, I thought to myself, What can I do? Then it dawned on me. Why not do a creative series that you and I can participate in to not only help Amanda, but raise awareness about all the other people with Cystic Fibrosis. This series represents what I think of when I think of a big blue sky. Fresh, clean, and inspiring, just like Amanda’s journey and her future.
So here’s how we’re going to do it. You show up to my place: 3901 Hennings Drive Modesto, CA this coming Monday and Tuesday (July 15 and July 16th) between 5-8pm wearing a white t-shirt and I take your portrait in front a white backdrop with a projection of a beautiful blue sky over you. Just like this!
Each photo will be a suggested donation of $10.00. All the proceeds collected will go directly towards Amanda’s Fund to help fund her surgery, as well as her recovery time at Stanford. The donation you give will get you a photo in front of the backdrop. I will post all the photos online for you to download and use as your profile picture or just hang up in your room! We will also have baked goods for you to purchase at a donation as well! If you are reading this and cannot be involved with this series because of distance, you can still be involved by making a donation of any price you’d like HERE .
So please, take a couple minutes out of your day, be a part of an awesome project, get a cool portrait taken, and help out Amanda!