Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ALL for Ally

Ally is a beautiful little girl (now 8 years old), who one year ago, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Her mother, Janel, started a blog called: ALL for Ally to document their journey...the good, the bad, the ugly and the unexpected. Her blog and her story has touched so many hearts.

We saw proof on Saturday night when we attended a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Ally's name. There was dinner, drinks, a video of "A Day in the Life of Ally" (very touching), a live auction, a silent auction and tons of mingling. There were tears but mostly smiles and happiness all around. It was a wonderful celebration of Ally completing her first year of treatment. Way to go Ally!!!

The unexpected?

600 people attended!

$150,000 raised!!!!!!!!


Truly glorious!

Just warning, I did not capture the true feel of the evening with my photos. However, my friend had her camera so I'm sure she did a much better job. I will post a link when she gets them on her blog.

Here are a few photos to give you just a sneak peak of the big evening.
One year ago, I learned about Ally from my friend, Erin Cobb. She is a professional photographer and any opportunity to get her to take photos of the boys is a treasure in the making. On her annual trip to Dayton this month, she was on a mission. A mission to support Ally in a big way. She offered photo minisessions and 100% of the profit went straight to Ally's cause. When she contacted us about her plan, we jumped on the opportunity. All in all, she raised $2000 which is just awesome! Erin, thank you so much for doing this and giving us the opportunity to help out too. It was also so nice to catch up with you and your family.

Erin also photographed Ally & her family last year and last week. You can see her beautiful work and words here: One Year Ago (She truly has a heart of gold!)

Erin, Janelle, Mike & Brent. My, don't we look marvelous?
It's very rare when Erin is the one being photographed so we took advantage of having my little point and shoot camera ready to capture her last few days being in her 20's. (Happy Birthday Erin!)

Here are our sorry attempts to look as if we are in our mid-20's and not mid 30's...okay, my sorry attempt. Like Erin has any wrinkles to worry about?!?!?
Too fun. What a magical evening for Ally, her family, her friends and all those who have been touched by her. We're all pulling for you Ally!


Susie said...

You two are too much! Good stuff all around ;)

erin said...

LOVE IT! Unfortunately I think Mike is right...our new smile may decrease our crows feet but it certainly exacerbates our (my!) forehead lines. Oh the life of a 30 year old...

Amy said...

You guys look awesome--at any age! So fun to see you together!!

The Barnett Family said...

Thanks so much for coming to the party and supporting our girl. (and for doing the charity mini sessions too!) I am glad to have met you and you guys look beautiful in that picture!

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