In a news report by Fox 4 News in Kansas City, http://fox4kc.com/2013/12/12/a-man-in-a-pink-tutu-is-on-a-mission/, a man photographs himself wearing a pink tutu. This may sound odd to many, but there is a good reason for what he does. The man is Bob Carey, a professional photographer. About ten years ago, Bob's wife, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an attempt to make his wife laugh, he donned a pink tutu and photographed himself. Not only did it bring joy and laughter to his wife, but others dealing with the battle over cancer.
When faced with a loved one dealing with cancer, there are many ways to cope. Some find support groups, others cling to their loved one and help him/her in any way possible, and others pray. There are other coping mechanisms, too. Some choose not to cope by denying the truth or abandoning the one they love and escape from the situation. This option is generally not a healthy one. This man wanted to make his wife laugh. In the process, he made others laugh. Mr. Carey photographed himself in the pink tutu in a variety of settings and situations. The joy spread and grew among people battling cancer. Together, the Careys took their project to the next level, and created a website title "The Tutu Project," which may be found here: www.thetutuproject.com. This website offers stories about the Careys and the fight against cancer, along with many photographs of the man in the pink tutu. Mr. Carey has published a book entitled Ballerina, which offers stories and photographs to enlighten and humor those who pick it up. Also available are photographs, a calendar and other items. Profits from the book go to The Carey Foundation, a non-profit organization to help support women with breast cancer.
Bob Carey looks at life this way, "Oddly enough, her cancer has taught me that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing--no, the only thing--we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others, (www.thetutuproject.com/about/). This is a very healthy way of looking at life. How great it is that he can put helping others first. He has found a way to look beyond himself and aim his outlook on helping others. The photos on the website are funny. They are not just for those dealing with cancer. Anyone could get a laugh by having a look at them.
James 1:12 says, "Happy is the person who remains faithful under trials, because when he succeeds in passing such a test, he will receive as his reward the life which God has promised to those who love him," (Good News Bible, 1978, New York, NY: American Bible Society).
Rather than falling into depression, sadness, feeling alone, or self-pity, like some have the tendency to do in a situation where cancer is a factor, the Careys have gone beyond and have taken a positive stance. Laughter is the best medicine, so they say, and here is a great opportunity to have a chuckle--by having a look a the many poses of Bob Carey in his pink tutu.