A few weeks ago, I received an email from a client and friend, telling me she was planning to walk the Susan G. Komen 3-day Breast Cancer walk, and asking for support. This will be her third time walking on the "Jual's Gems" team. If you've been following my Facebook page or blog for the past year, you will probably remember the name "Jual". And if you don't remember the name, I'm almost certain you'll remember this photo of her and her gorgeous family.
Let me back up a little bit and say that Jual was a friend who I met several summers ago, while working Vacation Bible School together. We were both on front door security that summer and spent a lot of time getting to know one another. I learned a lot about Jual's story and legacy that week and also made an amazing friend. You see, Jual was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer while pregnant with her youngest child. Jual carried him as long as she could, to give him the best chance of survival and then delivered him and immediately went into surgery. She fought a HARD fight for nearly five years, and although she was never cancer-free, it really started to affect her health in January of 2012. After speaking with her one afternoon that month, I knew that I wanted to give this family the gift of memories, so we set up a session and these are some of the results of that session.
Can't you almost feel the love of that family. Let me tell you...I certainly could, and still do. These pictures still bring tears to my eyes, a year later! Jual fought as hard as she possibly could, but in the end, the cancer was just too powerful and she passed away last October, leaving behind her beloved husband and "three little birds".
That brings us to the reason for this post. "Jual's Gems" is a group of women who have completed two walks WITH Jual, in HONOR of her. This year, they will be walking their first walk in her MEMORY. I have decided to partner with "Jual's Gems" and donate $25 from EVERY session (mini or full) between now and the walk date in October, to their team, in her memory.
I SO hope that one day the money raised from these events will help to fund the research that ultimately finds a CURE for this terrible disease. By booking a session, know that you CAN HELP in this battle!