Last night I attended the Valencia Band-o-Rama concert at Valencia High School. The concert featured performances by Tomé Elementary, Bosque Farms Elementary, Valencia Elementary, Peralta Elementary, Valencia Middle School, and Valencia High School. The point behind this particular concert is March is Music in Our Schools Month, and we celebrate this by putting on a free, community-wide concert to remind people of the value of learning music in school.Read More
In 2014, Ms. Casey Hoyt and Ms. Donna Angelus, seeing the importance of STEAM in girls’ futures, planned an executed the first Girl Scout Silver Science event for Girl Scouts in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Event activities included Kool Aid Bottle Rockets, Baking Soda Rockets, Mapping DNA, Film Cannister Rockets, and an introduction to First LEGO League- a group that encourages people to form teams to build a LEGO robot and program it to complete certain tasks before competing to see which team has done the best job each year.Read More
2018 was the second year that I had the pleasure of photographing the Albuquerque Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This year was the 19th annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer event in Albuquerque, and over $270,000 was raised to fund research and treatment. Over a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS!!! What an incredible amount of money from our small area!Read More
Every year Justin and I load up Christopher and Joshua really, really, really early on the first Saturday of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and take them to go see the balloons. In the five years (or so) that we've been doing this, we've learned a few lessons, tips, and tricks that I want to share with y'all today.Read More
At the end of October, I had the pleasure of photographing the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. This event celebrates the culmination of a fundraising season, in which the participants have committed to raise a specific amount of money to be donated via the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research and support for those undergoing treatment.Read More
This year, I will be donating $10.00 per mini session to the American Cancer Society, specifically supporting the Los Lunas Area Relay for Life chapter. While I've been advertising this, I realized that I've never said why I support this organization so much; why I'm raising money for them, and why I've become the event photographer for our local chapter.Read More
I've had the pleasure of being the Los Lunas Area Relay for Life event photographer for the past couple of years, and every year I look forward to this incredible event. One of the many reasons that I became involved with this organization was because of the many people in my life who've had cancer. I've had several relatives pass away because of cancer, and I've been lucky enough to have several friends who've beaten it. Using my talents to give back to this organization is my way of honoring the people in my life who've come up against this horrid disease.
A while back, I had the pleasure of conducting a short interview with Mrs. Karin Trujillo- one of the powerhouses behind the Los Lunas chapter's success. This is the result of that interview.
1.) How did you get involved in Relay for Life?
Karin: I got involved through my parents who started the Relay in Socorro in 1997 or 1998. Kassie attended her first Relay at age 4 in 1999. She is now 21.
2.) What does it mean to you to be involved?
Karin: First, I think everyone should have a cause that they are passionate about. Mine just happens to be the American Cancer Society. Volunteering feeds my soul and I've been touched too often by the dreaded "c" word. I want to rid the world of cancer so no one else has to hear the dreaded words "You have cancer."
3.) What is your favorite part about Relay for Life?
Karin: I love the event itself. It is so good to see Valencia County residents bonding at a family friendly activity where WE can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients in Valencia County, in NM, and in the US.
4.) What do you wish other people knew about Relay? How have you seen Relay for Life affect change, and what changes have you seen?
Karin: I've seen awareness come to many people through Relay For Life. The American Cancer Society has missions that some people still don't know about. There are many programs available for caregivers and patients fighting cancer that are FREE. Relay For Life offers education and support for caregivers and survivors.
5.) What do you hope to see in the future with regard to Relay?
Karin: Los Lunas has been doing Relay for 11 years. I want all Valencia County residents to know that the third weekend in June is Relay so they can come celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer.
6.) Why should others get involved, and how can they get involved?
Karin: Like I said earlier, everyone SHOULD have a cause that they feel passionate about. Cancer does not discriminate and therefore there are very few people left who have not been touched by some type of cancer. Our goal is to rid the world of cancer and put the American Cancer Society out of business. The more people who are involved in raising money for research and programs, the sooner this can be accomplished. Anyone can get involved by contacting one of the local volunteers or calling 1-800-227-2345.
Henry Estrada has been the driving force behind the Los Lunas High School Tiger Band for the last 33 years. He has taught hundreds of students- including my husband and myself. He's given up time with his wife and three children, time with friends, and the pursuit of fishing in August to provide his students with the instruction that they needed to be the best that they could be.Read More
One of the many things I look forward to during Summer is our local Relay for Life event. Relay for Life is the fundraising side of the American Cancer Society, and every year across the nation there are multiple events that celebrate life, and the end of that year's fundraising campaign. In order to help promote awareness of our local chapter, and to help spread info about Relay for Life, I recently interviewed Mrs. Carrie Ortiz, one of our local Leaders. Here is the result:Read More