Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Spotlight #4: A Bell and a Pink Tutu

A very special bell hangs on a wall of St Peter's Hospital in Helena, Montana.  Until recently, I didn't know it was there. Most people don't.  Anyone who has rung it, however, would probably agree with me that three tolls from this bell are better than a symphony performed by any orchestra.

Last summer, I had the kind of phone conversation with a very good friend that should have begun with the phrase, “Are you sitting down?”  When she said the words, “I have breast cancer” I scrambled for a chair  and sunk into it, but I couldn't think of any words to say.

She has since had surgery and a full course of chemotherapy.  I have tried to be supportive and helpful. However, to be truthful, I have probably gained more from her than she has from me.  I have been in awe, as I've watched her confront this diagnosis with grace, courage, confidence, and humor. During one long chemotherapy treatment, I helped her pick out a hat from a selection of free ones available for patients. We dissolved in a fit of giggles, and we agreed that her features are much better suited to “chemo-style” than mine! 

I'm unsure as to whether I could live up to the example my friend has set, but I hope that some of her strength and positive attitude has rubbed off on me. We went out to breakfast this month to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy treatments. “This course is run, and she is on her way.”  Absolutely!

My "Saturday Spotlight" this week not only shines upon that bell, but upon an amazing man and his pink tutu.

I noticed a video on Facebook this week of a stocky man (Bob Carey) wearing nothing but pink tutu. Curiosity got the best of me and I clicked on it.  I'm glad I did. 

If you want to learn more about The Pink Tutu project, just click here. 

The Pink Tutu project is described perfectly at the end of the video by Linda, the man's wife, "It's just a good story - about love, about inspiration."  The idea for the pink tutu photos was born when Linda was diagnosed with cancer, and Bob wanted to make his wife laugh. The Pink Tutu project raises awareness for breast cancer, and promote lightheartedness laughter amongst women suffering from cancer.   

My friend has some experience with tutus.  I'm pretty sure she would approve of this one.

The Pink Tutu shop website has a gallery of pink tutu photos that have been taken.  I think I like the Bloomingdales one best.  

Which pink tutu photo is your favorite?

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  1. Oh, my goodness. I had to stop crying to be able to type. Both of those stories are so inspriational! I LOVE that pink Tutu. I like the picture of the parking lot. All the great empty spaces and the man in the pink tutu. Thank you for sharing this!
    P.S We were just in Helena. We drive through it every time we go to Bozeman to see my Husby's sister!

    1. Glad you liked it Diane! Some time when you are driving through Helena, it would be fun to arrange to get together for coffee or a meal!

  2. The idea of the bell is something I've seen before. the pink tutu? That is love, in every sense of the word.

  3. What a gorgeous expression of love. Heart-warming, magical and wonderful.

  4. Congratulations to your friend for overcoming cancer.

  5. First of all, I'm so glad you're friend is beating cancer! I think there is a similar bell at Children's Hospital in Seattle, and I think it's such a great idea. The Pink Tutu video is so heartwarming - thank you for sharing it! It's so had when a loved one has cancer and you feel so helpless - what a great inspiration!

    1. I'm thankful she is too. And what could be more inspiring than a man in a pink tutu! ;)

  6. This was an amazing tribute to not only your friend but to all who are facing the fight of their lives. My husband has lost most of his family over the last several years to cancer although none of them breast cancer and it is scary. You never know what the future holds and these pictures hold so much beautiful meaning. Something so silly but absolutely beautiful!


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