After walking the Via Francigena Bill and I took a 14 day transatlantic cruise from Civitavecchia (near Rome) to Miami, Florida.
The goal was to recover (have a birthday party) and decompress. Which we did in spades. But the change was abrupt, the cruise ship became our prison, and the port of Miami looked real good.
Bing Crosby got it right when he sang: Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above –
Don’t fence me in.
We celebrated Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC and got in as much grand-baby time as possible (is it ever enough?), then headed to Indian Wells (near Palm Springs, CA) for a tepid Christmas and a warmer winter.
So here we are. Palm trees, colorful flowers, bougainvillea and snow-capped mountains paint the horizon. Golf courses are pristine – green from edge to edge. We’re trying to make the best of a rough situation!
Now the exciting news.
Most of you know I’ve turned my passion for photography into a business. As we travel the world, Bill carries my camera equipment and I take photos. Those are showcased and sold at www.paigeshaw.com.
I have worked on this for some time and am now thrilled to announce that I have decided to partner with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and donate to them all of my photography proceeds.
The stars aligned when I read about Alex’s Lemonade Stand. I was looking for a grass-roots charity with a national/global reach and one that has personal resonance.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation mission is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.
My eldest son Preston was diagnosed with the same cancer as Alex when he was 9 months old and then with a different cancer when he was 11. Preston’s oncologist is part of ALSF’s Crazy 8 Initiative where 90 scientists and researchers are getting together to help find a cure for hard to treat cancers. Today Preston is 35 years old, married and dad to 2 dogs and 3 cats.
To kick off my partnership with ALSF and Valentine’s day I am offering a 30% discount on photos for the rest of February. Please head on over to www.paigeshaw.com and use the code ALSF upon checkout. You can get a beautiful photo and help cure childhood cancer at the same time.
If you’re in Charleston, South Carolina on June 8th – stop by our Lemonade Stand in Marion Square. Details to come…
Please spread the word.