“When you’re a single mom, you have no other choice but to keep getting out of bed,” Adrienne Gipson said. Not only are these women single moms, but they are single moms fighting breast cancer.
For Adrienne, her terminal diagnosis is coming into reality. When she was diagnosed, the doctors gave her three years. Now, three years later she prepares for her own death by moving in with her sister.
For Abra, the only reason she made it through the first round of treatment was because of her kids. She says “seeing purple,” the color of her two youngest chidren’s school uniforms, helped her get through the worst of radiation treatment.
Singleton Moms, a Scottsdale, Ariz. based organization helps care for these single moms fighting cancer by providing them with groceries, Christmas presents, Easter baskets and much more. Support groups like Singleton Moms help women like Adrienne and Abra understand they aren’t the only ones living through this nightmare.
Some highlights from the features shoot I did at Schnepf Farm’s first Messy Fest. Kids and parents were encouraged to have fun and get messy!
9-year old Isaiah Brown, left, and Tanique Cooper, 36, spread shaving cream on each other as part of one activity in Schnepf Farm’s Messy Fest event on Sept. 17, 2016 in Queen Creek, Arizona. (Photo by Tynin Fries)
1-year old Kaden Noble plays with a John Deere tricylce at Schnepf Farm’s Messy Fest on Sept. 17, 2016 in Queen Creek, Arizona. (Photo by Tynin Fries)
Kayla Herr, 8, attempts to exit the slippery mud pit at Schepnf Farm’s first Messy Fest on Sept. 17, 2016 in Queen Creek, Arizona. (Photo by Tynin Fries)