Yesterday was the BIG day for me. My alarm went off at o’dark hundred, time to put on my my hot pink Lulu (not to be confused with tutu although that works too) tank layered underneath my Race For The Cure shirt. I grabbed my camera, photo of Ronne and my SPF 100 and headed out to Fashion Island, a beautiful outdoor mall by just a few miles from the beach. side note: my dad worked for one of the two architects that designed Fashion Island so it’s a special place for me.
I’m glad it was early because if you haven’t seen the news Southern California is in the middle of our first serious heat wave, were talkin’ triple digits. My car said it was 107 at 1:07 as I posted on facebook yesterday. Why did I wear long pants? Lame.
Every year I there are more and more people which is awesome. I’m not a big crowd person but for some reason when I am at this race I want to be surrounded by as many people as possible, although the irony here is that I usually go alone. Its my time to reflect on friends lost and to support the women there who are currently undergoing treatment. I am thankful for the solitude (and very dark sunglasses) when its just me and my tears when they close the survivor’s ceremony with the tradition of releasing the doves.
With the motivation to capture these moments for you I even made my way up the steps to the survivor stage. I wanted to hug each and every one of the women who where being honored that day. A sea of dark pink survivor shirts holding a single rose in solidarity is more than this heart could take that morning.
Here are a few of my favorite moments … or view the entire set on my Flickr photostream.<–click
Meet my new friends. Parked across from me with a tailgating pah-tay – they were so sweet I had to take a photo of them! I loved the idea of having a breakfast tailgate! Who’s in with me for next year? Bless these people they sure knew how to make a girl feel loved they shoved a mimosa on my hand and I was on my way!
one of those moments where you knew you had something special
survivor roses for the survivor ceremony