|Cassie and Taylor|
The picture was taken at the 2012 Leukemia and Lymphoma Man and Woman of the year kickoff at the Chinook Tavern on March 16.
Taylor was giving Cassie some pointers on ballet out on the patio. Taylor,age 7 was the Girl of the Year for the Rocky Mountain. Taylor is undergoing treatment for (AML) Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Cassie, 15 years old quipped, "You are never too old to learn ballet."
I chose this as my favorite picture for several reasons. Most of all, the moment captured in this picture gives me great hope.
Taylor was diagnosed with AML on September 30, 2008 at the age of 3. Without a bone marrow transplant she had less than a 20% chance of survival. Taylor received a bone marrow transplant February 5, 2009. Taylor's Mom said during her treatment , "If her toes were tapping, we knew she was okay," Well Taylor is still tapping her toes!
I had the honor of nominating Cassi to run as a Woman of the Year candidate for one of the Leukemia and Lymphoma's society's signature campaigns. To see Cassi take on that challenge at the age of 15, be a source of love and support and inspiration for Taylor and even learn a few ballet moves along the way is something I will always hold close in my heart.
I was so glad I had the opportunity to see all the candidates come together that night and make a stand for a world without cancer.
Cassi and Taylor give me hope for a better world. A world without blood cancers, a world filled with love and hope and yes, ballet!