Cancer affects us all. But a special few of use take the time to do something to work towards a cure. Back in June of 2007, I photographed the wedding of Leah Fowler to Justin Waldrop. It was apparent to me then that they had an extraordinarily large and close network of friends and family.  

Leah and Justin Waldrop at their June 16, 2007 wedding reception at The Carolina Club.

From left to right are Brian Fox, Courtney Scott Fox, Leah Forbes Waldrop and Justin Waldrop.
Leah and her best friend, Courtney Scott Fox, have both been affected by cancer. Courney’s mom passed away due to colon cancer and Leah’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. Rather than just sitting idly by, these amazing women actually did something about it, along with the help of their friends. This year marks the 6th year and final year they will host Cocktails for Cancer. The event, which takes place on August 25, 2012 at The Great Room at Top of the Hill, raises money for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Since 2007 they have donated roughly $65,000, dividing the money towards treating breast, colon and gynecological cancers.

Putting on an event of this size takes a lot of work! The 2011 cocktails for Cancer Committee Members were Leah Forbes Waldrop, Courtney Scott Fox, Kristin Kinney, Allison Taylor, Amanda Waldrop, Anne Procopio, Betsy Lash, Emily Braxton, Erin Donohue, Ivy Simon, Jennifer Cox, Jordan Rosado, Judy Maddry, Lin Carmichael, Meg Lanier and Tiffany Durham.

Left: Mackenzie Cox with Eric Montross. Right: Mackenzie Cox, 11, spoke at last year’s event about why she makes necklaces to raise money for cancer research. Her grandmother lost her battle with colon cancer four years ago.
Carolina legend Eric Montross will be the MC for the live auction portion of the evening, as he has done every year. You may purchase tickets from their website as well as at the door the day of the event. Tickets for the 2012 event will be $50 per person and 90 a couple. There is a silent and a live auction in which you may purchase a wide range of items. Some great offerings this year are UNC/ Duke tickets and a dinner for 6 in your home by chef Justin Cole. While contributing to a worthwhile cause you can also dance to The Fabulous Daddy O’s. I hope to see you there!
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