Louisville area cancer survivors spotlighted in special photo shoot
A group of local women business owners treated cancer survivors to a special photo shoot that highlighted the beauty of survival.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local group of women business owners is using their talents to help breast cancer survivors look and feel their best.
"Tuesdays Together" is a local chapter of "The Rising Tide Society" made up of women entrepreneurs. The group wanted to find a way to give back in their community, so they decided to pool their talents and put on a photo shoot for local breast cancer survivors.
"So that way we can make these women feel beautiful after they've gone through this really horrible experience," said Kathryn Duckett, who leads the group.
Five survivors were made over, dressed up and shared the spotlight in front of the camera.
"Because what woman doesn't want to feel beautiful. We all have our moments when we don't feel the prettiest, especially for someone who has been through something tragic. I definitely wanted to make them feel pretty," said Victoria Staton, a member of "Tuesdays Together."
Group member Meredith Esarey came up with the idea. She's part of the group and a breast cancer survivor herself. "I was diagnosed almost three years ago at 32," she said.
That experience made her want to make these women feel beautiful again. "It just takes away a lot of your confidence as a woman. And as a photographer, I have the capability to help give that back a little bit," said Esarey.
The full spread features strong, brave women. Some of the women fought the disease years ago, others are in the middle of treatment. Each woman has a different empowering story.
Cindy Crabtree is almost 10 years cancer free and participated in the photo shoot. "Just realizing that everything I've been through, that these scars aren't ugly. That they're something I proudly wear," she said.
At the time the pictures were taken, Crabtree was about eight months pregnant. The photos document a pregnancy and miracle baby she wasn't sure she'd ever have.
"Because of the chemo and all the stuff we had been through. We had tried for many, many years and so it was almost like the perfect gift of being able to have these photographs," said Crabtree.
Now they'll serve as a keepsake she can one day share with her daughter, June.
"Not only what I've gone through, but what the other women have gone through and what they've overcome and their positive outlook at the end, that's what's really beautiful and that's what I want her to see from those pictures," said Crabtree.
"Tuesdays Together" organizers say after the success of the first photo shoot, they're now considering doing another for more survivors in the area.
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