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The story behind the photo

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The story behind the photo

I've had several questions about the new photo on my page so I thought I'd do a quick blog to explain how that came about.

My wife works for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and both my daughters are patients at the hospital. Needless to say, we are passionate about TSRH. They do orthopedic care for Children, regardless of their ability to pay, this has been the policy for 90 years now.

TSRH partners with Southwest Airlines to fly patients to Dallas for appointments if that is a necessity. This partnership just celebrated their 5 year anniversary and to help celebrate, they brought in a photographer named Robert Fogarty(he's a runner too BTW). Robert does the coolest photoshoots ever. My family was asked to participate in the shoot and we were to write things on our bodies that were inspiring.

Here is the shot of my family

A Reason to Hope are words that my oldest daughter used to describe how she felt about TSRH. TSRH gives children a reason to hope. She also has a mind set of NO LIMITS, which is written on her hands.

This is my oldest daughter and an employee of Southwest Airlines.

This photo bridges the gap. The lady in blue works for Southwest and is the person who actually books the tickets as needed for patients, my wife is the person who coordinates that ticket on the hospital side. They had never met until we walked into the shoot, it was really cool.

This of course is me. We were talking about my story and running with Robert. We came up with the idea to do a shot of me, I love this shot and I'm very proud of it. (I kinda think SUCCESS would make a cool tat, right? :-) )

The photos of my family and my wife were used by Southwest (along with other families) for a promo about the program.

SO there ya have it, the 'story behind the photo'.

Just wanted to share

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GARDENCHRIS 7/1/2012 8:56PM

    so cool!

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MAYLEE425 5/30/2012 12:04AM


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MADGM66 5/25/2012 10:32AM

What a great thing to do as a family. The love is obvious and inspirational.

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LBENEDICT7 5/22/2012 10:02PM

    awesome !

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CMHARRISON12 5/21/2012 10:04PM

    Thank you for sharing, about both the program and about your beautiful family. You guys ROCK!! emoticon

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MENHALLS 5/21/2012 8:48PM

    That is a really awesome photo shoot for an amazing program!

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JECKIE 5/21/2012 3:08PM

    Love it!

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DIAMONDBLUE24 5/21/2012 9:54AM

    What an awesome story! LOVE IT!!

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LITTLEBIGGIRL2 5/20/2012 5:32PM

    We have a Shriner's Children's Hospital near me that has the same policy and has helped my family a great deal in the past.

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MANIKLODE 5/4/2012 8:11PM

    A really worthy cause. And the pictures are really great!

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BOURBONIAN 4/25/2012 8:54PM

    Great story, you have a beautiful family!

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RUNGIRL96 4/24/2012 12:21PM


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CJDMOM2MANY 4/23/2012 4:26PM

    I just watched your weight loss video ( left a comment) then jumped over to this recent post. I got the chills because we have five adopted blessing, two of which are disabled. Our daughter has arthrogryposis and our son Sacreal Agenisis. I currently fly to Philly ( A LOT) for my daughter and wonder if this hospital would be able to help my son or possibly my daughter.
Our family blog is :http://hebrewselevevone.blogspot.c
my weight loss blog http://nanasweightlossjourney.blogs

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VEACHXCL 4/20/2012 10:56PM

    Nice! Great idea :)

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LEASIM1231 4/19/2012 7:37AM

    I love those photos! What a fun idea.

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MANDYLOVE_76 4/18/2012 11:02PM

    super cool!

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JANETRIS 4/18/2012 7:14PM

    Love the photos the story and the cause! emoticon

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EJRANVILLE 4/18/2012 5:55PM

    Excellent photos! Very inspiring. What a great cause as well.

Also, you have a beautiful family--truly blessed! emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 4/18/2012 5:37PM


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DANA564 4/18/2012 5:19PM


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SCOTIANRUNNER 4/18/2012 3:36PM

    Those are fantastic photos and I love the story behind them. Especially like the one of your wife & the SWA employee.

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BTWCOACH 4/18/2012 2:00PM

    Very nice, Jerome! It sounds like a good place to support!
I love the picture of you with the SUCCESS!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 4/18/2012 1:56PM


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MISSLISA1973 4/18/2012 1:45PM

    That's awesome.

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CALVIND 4/18/2012 12:55PM

    cool. thanks for sharing.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/18/2012 12:30PM

    SUPER cool!!!Thanks for sharing~

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CHUBRUB3 4/18/2012 12:17PM

    This is so WONDERFUL!!

I love the photos, but the messages have so much POWER it is incredible. I hope you have them framed and hung with pride on your walls at home where everyone can see them, every day. Keep them on your page for us sparkers to take pride in with you and your family. The companies involved are doing a PHENOMENAL job with helping kids and families involved.

Thank you for sharing your story behind the pictures.

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ANDREA0301 4/18/2012 12:06PM

    Love it!

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SPARKYWATSON 4/18/2012 11:47AM


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CINDYBEL 4/18/2012 11:06AM

    My oldest daughter was a patient of Scottish Rite Hospital. What a wonderful place. emoticon

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3CHIHUAHUA 4/18/2012 11:02AM

    very super cool!

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DEE797 4/18/2012 10:59AM

    How Cool is that! Such an inspiring blog! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. You have a gorgeous family.

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_JODI404 4/18/2012 10:56AM

    VERY cool!! Thanks for sharing this inspiring story!!

You ROCK!!!!!!!!!!

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TAMTAM64 4/18/2012 10:50AM

    I totally understand your passion for this wonderful hospital. I feel the same way about St. Jude. It's a wonderful thing when good care is provided for these children - they are our future!

Run Strong,

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DANSMOMTPM2 4/18/2012 10:47AM

    AWWW - so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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