Every day is a photo walk.
As I awake, I envision where my travels will take me. What I will be able to see, capture, and embrace in my heart. Organizing this photo walk has very little to do with photography. Our goal is to bring people together with common interests and compassion. We are working extremely hard to do something incredible for a very young woman during an extremely tough time in her life. How easy is it and compelled are you to help out a family member, friend, or neighbor in need? What I want to know, is where the line lies with you between extending your compassion to someone you know and someone you’ve never met. How will our impact affect her life and more importantly, how will it impact ours? I wake up every morning at 6am and do something (as little as it may be) to make this day special for someone I’ve never spoke with. We are not expecting recognition, we are expecting greatness. I need to fill my soul with possibility and leave footprints behind that have left an impact on others, especially within my hometown. In some form or another, everyone is in need; just on different levels. As much as my goal is to convince you to be a part of this event and in return make an impact on Tori’s life, I want you to please take a moment and reflect what legacy you wish to leave on your community. Do you believe in karma? Fate? I want you to know that nothing here is a handout. We want what you are capable of offering. The ability to volunteer, walk, donate, or to give a hug. My promise to you, is that I will offer something to anyone for the rest of my entire life if asked or welcomed. Making an effort is all we are asking for. Sharing my sentiments, or our event is more than the effort we seek. Time is everything and we can no longer take that for granted. If we can capture this compassion and pay it forward, our lives with be filled with meaning and inspiration.
Thank you for your time. God Bless.
Welcome to Tori’s journey. It all began around March 10. Tori started in with a bad cough, congestion and feeling very tired. We went to the doctors and he said she had some sinus issues and put her an on antibiotic. She felt a little better on some days, but then got worse. Her days were full of wanting to do nothing but lay around, her cough got worse and her chest began to hurt. She lost her appetite and began losing some weight. She kept the positive attitude, continued to work and manage her school load, but struggled. We took her back to the doctors, who put her on a stronger antibiotic and told us to get a chest X-Ray if it wasn’t better by Monday.Her chest got better at first, but then got bad again. She began having shortness of breath, lost a few more pounds, her back began to hurt (we assumed it was from coughing so much), she was still very tired. Some days she felt pretty good and other days it was difficult to breathe. She began experiencing extreme night sweats and some numbness and discoloration in her left arm when she was actively using it.We had a chest X-ray done which showed some fluid in her left lung. So back to the doctors we went. The doctor noticed a large swelling around the left side of her neck, almost looking like a football players neck. The doctor then told us that the chest X-ray also showed a large thickening down the middle of the chest. He said that these were all sign of lymphoma – which is a form of blood cancer…and thus it all began.