Studio Laurent Photography & Design was honored to cover this inaugural event as well as donate a photography session for the silent auction that took place as part of the event. You might wonder what a Boobalooza is? In short, it is a fundraiser event to benefit the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center.
The long version is that everyone is affected by breast cancer in one way or another. It may be a friend, neighbor, relative or even yourself that has been afflicted by this dreaded disease. It is likely you will know someone who will encounter breast cancer, as one in eight women in the United States will develop it at some time in their life.
You’ve heard stories, some tragic and some with heart warming endings. I’d like to tell you Abby Irish’s story. She is a friend and fellow member of Gold Key Racquet Club in Phoenix, AZ.
Abby was first diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2007. She had been fortunate enough to be connected with the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center in Phoenix. After many anxious days that led into weeks and months, Abby came through the difficult surgery and rehabilitation with flying colors (She loves purple so let’s say purple and pink!).Abby had a lumpectomy and ‘thensome.’ The hospitals give out mastectomy baskets and include a pillow of sorts. Not a very comfortable one but something to help ease the pain while recovering. During this time, Abby’s mom, Adrienne Kurland, was in Rancho
Mirage dealing with Abby’s dad who just had a quadruple by-pass and couldn’t leave the hospital. Abby’s mom saw the ‘heart’ pillows that were given to the heart patients and thought why not a ‘booby’ pillow for breast cancer patients! There it was, in the thought process and then a couple of days later in reality. Abby received the first ‘booby pillow’ of its kind. The pillow was hand-made by Adrienne in very pretty pink fabric.
Wanting to give back, Abby decided to donate booby pillows to the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center. They became very popular with the patients. To date, around two hundred pillows have been donated by Abby.
At first, her mother, who lives in California, was the main seamstress of the pillows. Abby enlisted another seamstress and it soon became a big and costly project. So once again, Abby’s creative juices started flowing. She wanted to combine her love of tennis and the love of her passion to help others through her pillows. She came up with the idea of a fundraising event, called BOOBALOOZA and engaged Gold Key Racquet Club as the host venue. She had been hitting the streets, not literally or at least not on purpose, for donations and support and was hoping to raise at least $500. John C. Lincoln also pledged to match the $500, which would be enough to supply a little over sixty-six pillows for the Center. Each pillow takes almost fifteen dollars to make. The cost of living goes up as well as boobs! That means sixty-six women would receive some comfort as they recover from the breast cancer surgery. However, there are many more going through the difficult aftermath without the comforts of a booby pillow.So Sunday, April 15, 2012 was the date of the BOOBALOOZA. The weather was perfect and it was an event to remember with everyone wearing pink for fun tennis, fabulous food, hilarious booby prizes and a special silent auction. In the end, THIS EVENT RAISED $1,837.00 for the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center’s booby pillows!!!… There will be a lot of smiles and comfort for the ladies in need 🙂