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Cancer Blows Photo Shoot – Part 1

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

At pearachute media, we are always looking for ways to give back, especially when we can have a positive effect on our own community. We feel that is important to take the time out of our busy days to lend a hand. We love meeting new people, starting new friendships, and being able to help someone smile.

Ian Steczo, the founder of Cancer Blows, has been a close friend to many of us in pearachute media. He grew up with my wife, Rebecca Weilbaker, and our designer, Chris Brown. Ian lost his close friend, Nick Calendo, in August of 2009, and only four months later in January of 2010, Ian lost his father to lung cancer. From this, Ian’s inspiration to start the apparel line was born. Since March of 2010, Ian and his family have sold over 500 t-shirts, allowing them to donate money to the American Cancer Society.

We all know someone that has been affected by cancer, but it is not something everyone likes to talk about. Ian’s idea has always been to take a lighthearted approach in order to get people talking, and so far its working.

So here we are, 10 months after the first shirt was printed, looking for new ways to help Ian and Cancer Blows. We are very excited to be working on the Cancer Blows website, which will be a way to reach even more people. One of our goals is to create a place where people can share their stories. We also want them to share pictures of themselves, friends, and families wearing the Cancer Blows shirts.

What does any apparel website need? Amazing photos of the shirts on people. We decided early on that we wanted our photos to be different, to have the lighthearted and fun feel that Cancer Blows stands for. So we needed help… and we got it from another local business. Stephan Alan Salon, jumped at the opportunity to help give back for a great cause. We were lucky enough to work with Heather, Kalrissa, and Brynn. They did an amazing job with the hair and makeup, helping us take our photos to the next level.

We were also lucky enough to have some pretty great friends that wanted to be our models. We ended up with shooting Alanna, Melanie, Demetra, Rebecca, Mike, Chris, Tito, Steve, and Josh in about five hours on Sunday, January 9th at Stephan Alan Salon. It is an amazing feeling knowing so many wonderful people.

Look for part 2 coming shortly…