On Tuesday, November 18th, a very special calendar was under wraps, at the Days Inn & Suites on Bay St., Sault Ste. Marie. A dream team of 12 local ladies, all survivors of breast cancer, were about to unveil themselves as Calendar girls. An idea that took shape via Paula Pigeon, brought together breast cancer survivors in the algoma district, as Calendar girls for a 2016 fundraising Photo shoot, all in an effort to support Tracy’s Dream foundation.
“We’re really excited about this.” shared Tracy Dinelle, founder of Tracy’s Dream fund. Tracy is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and has been championing a very important issue, parking fees at (SAH) Sault Area Hospital. Through Tracy’s Dream foundation, Tracy Dinelle is working to support individuals who frequent SAH, Algoma District Cancer Care, while undergoing tests and treatments associated with cancer. By offering parking tokens to help alleviate some of the stress associated with frequent trips to the hospital, Tracy continues to fundraise to support Tracy’s Dream fund.
“I want to thank Paula (Pigeon) and all of the girls who took part in The 2016 Breast Cancer Calendar Girls photo shoot, as well as the generous sponsors who helped to make this Calendar possible.” shared Tracy. “This community is amazing. We are so lucky and blessed to live in this city, where so many generous people come together to support a dream.” Paula Pigeon is also a breast cancer survivor, and the driving force behind the calendar.
Tracy spoke about the hardship and struggles a person and family can experience while undergoing treatment, especially as it relates to a steady income and financial picture. “You’re usually not working. Medical expenses pile up. Travelling becomes part of the journey too. People shouldn’t have to choose between buying food and paying for parking. Going to the hospital (SAH) for treatment can be upwards of a couple of times a week. When you’re paying $5.00 per visit to park, it can become a serious drain on a person.” The proceeds from the sale of the 2016 Algoma District Breast Cancer Survivor Calendars are to support Tracy’s Dream Foundation.
Beautifully decorated tables with calendars ‘under wraps’, welcomed folks attending the official launch and dinner for Algoma District Breast Cancer Survivor Calendar 2016 at the Days Inn & Suites on Bay St. With family members Rina Ross, Jack Particelli, Dennis Dinelle, Tyler Dinelle, and Terrance Cooper, in attendance, as well as numerous friends and supporters, the 2016 calendar was officially launched
Angelisa Mills (owner Absolutely Delicious restaurant in The Days Inn) and her husband Mario were part of the event. Angelisa is featured for June in the 2016 Calendar, and is a 7 year breast cancer survivor. “It was a big decision to take part in the calendar. I’m not really a showy person.” shared Angelisa. “Paula (Pigeon) assured us that it was going to be tastefully done. After initially saying no, I came to understand that it was going to be a beautiful thing. My main question was “What are we going to be wearing?”
Mario spoke to the issue of the tremendous strain that moving through cancer treatment puts on the person and the family. “People that have not been through this, have no idea what it is really like.”
Angelisa said that she was pretty nervous in the days leading up to the Photo shoot. “Kevanna studios was wonderful. They made me feel very comfortable and by the time I left there, I was so glad I did it. I’m truly honoured to be part of the calendar.”
Angelisa and Mario were delighted to be able to share the evening with their daughter and two granddaughters. “When a person is given under 12 months to live, and it’s now been 7 years and going strong, each day is a gift.” shared Angelisa.
With family members Rina Ross, Jack Particelli, Dennis Dinelle, Tyler Dinelle, and Terrance Cooper, in attendance, as well as numerous friends and supporters, the 2016 Algoma District Breast Cancer Survivor calendar was officially launched.
The Design work for the Calendar was done by Graphic Designer Alisha Gilbert at Stone’s Office Supplies. Saultonline thanks Alisha for sharing her design work with us, through pictures of the calendar featured in this story.
Location for Photo Shoot was at Kevanna Fine Photography at 388 Wellington Street East. Kevanna Fine Photography is owned and operated by Anna Pelletier, MPA, APPO, and Kevin Doble, LPPO (http://www.kevanna.com).
Sault College provided support for hair styling and makeup through the Hair Styling and Esthetician programmes.
Calendars are available for $20.00 each at Sault Area Hospital’s gift shop, Stone’s Office Supply, Flowers Direct, The Flower Shop, Flowers with Flair, Flowers by Routledge’s, Sault College, Kevanna Studio and The Gallery.
To support Tracy’s Dream fund, visit: https://www.youcaring.com