I had the honor to donate my time on July 25th, 2015 to a very good cause on a rare Saturday off from weddings. As a member of the Wedding Professionals of Columbus, I was asked by one of my colleagues if I would be interested in photographing the Columbus Walk for Wishes. I nearly broke out in tears thanking Andrea for this opportunity to support such a great organization such as the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Those of you who know Sara and I well know that both of us spent many years in the pharmaceutical industry working in the production department to aid in the manufacture of many live saving and life extending oncology drugs. My father-in-law is also a cancer survivor and we thank the heavens every day we get to spend more time with him. So all of this lead to my very emotionally charged response and willingness to help out in any way that I could.
For some reason I was more nervous volunteering my time for this event than I was heading out to a wedding, most of my anxiety came from wanting to do the best job that I could for Make-A-Wish , and ensuring that I captured the event from the right perspective.
I awoke early on the morning of the event and arrived early just like I would for a wedding to scope out my location. I was greeted by John Hykes, the Development Officer for the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana chapter and was given my orders for the day and his vision. I felt a rush of immediate accomplishment that I was able to give away something that I love to do that would mean so much to this organization.
The amount of volunteers was amazing and their eagerness to jump right in and offer their support wherever needed. For many of these volunteers, this was their first time and had no clue what they would be doing for the day, however John and his team were great at getting people on task and getting the job done including me!
I spent the first part of my day capturing the volunteerism that was alive at arch park, and then moved on to photograph the highlight of the day for many of the young children present: our Cos-Play characters, who were kind enough to show up and put an extra sparkle in the eyes of the little kids in attendance.
They also did a good job of impressing some of the big kids!
Next I had the important job to capture the ribbon cutting to start the walk hosted by Katrina Nova from WBNS-TV10, with honorary Wish Kid and walk ribbon cutter Weston and his lovely family!
And the walkers are off, It was great seeing all the effort the teams and families put into this event whether it be decorations, number of team members, or bringing that special furry friend along.
Following the walk there were many activities for young and old alike to enjoy this beautiful day and help such a great cause.
I was glad I was able to offer my talent and services to the Make-A-Wish and hope to be able to do this for them again sometime.