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Meet Vaungaylyn and her handsome hubby, Matt.

 

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I first met Vaungaylyn almost two years ago when Dean and I volunteered to provide photography services for Swoon Bridal Salon‘s annual Wear it Again Soirée benefiting the Reno Cancer Foundation, and I have to say that I am a better person for having made her acquaintance. On her Facebook profile, Vaungaylyn describes herself as “…sublimely happy!!!” and expresses her wish that we all share that same level of joy. Listed as her favorite quotation? “‘She’s just…a bit overly enthusiastic” ~an acquaintance, about Vaungaylyn.” Both are apt descriptions, but don’t even begin to do her amazing spirit, big heart, and infectiously optimistic personality justice.

Inspired by two neighborhood girls, Maddie and Makenna, who shaved their heads at a recent St. Baldrick’s event to raise money and spread awareness to ‘Conquer Kids’ Cancer’, Vaungaylyn decided to have her own fundraising event and shave her head! She chose two charities near and dear to her heart, and will split all monies raised equally between Service for Sight and the Reno Cancer Foundation.

 

Maddie and Makenna, rockin’ their short ‘dos, pose with V.

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Vaungaylyn’s GLD 2B BLD campaign was a huge success, raising over $4,000 (and counting!) in just under two months, and culminated in a backyard BBQ and head shaving party yesterday afternoon. As soon as we heard about it, we knew that we wanted to be there to support her and capture the images to help tell her story.

Alyx Sacks with KRNV News 4 was there too, and the GLD 2B BLD ‘New Look for Cancer Awareness’ story led the midnight news edition just after the Olympics! (Don’t mind me walking behind Vaungaylyn in the video clip, as I’m getting ready to hand Dean the wide angle lens.  :P)

 

Here, Alyx interviews Vaungaylyn’s mom, and captures a conversation between two fearless (and inspiring) philanthropists!

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Vaungaylyn’s friends and family…both young and young at heart, and those sporting long hair, or their own version of ‘glad to be bald’…came out in full force to support her!

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Ponytails helped hold her luscious locks together, and will be donated to Locks of Love!

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And then, amidst cheers and applause, the clippers went to work…

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There go the bangs…

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Vaungaylyn’s largest sponsor earned the privilege of shaving lines (a la Vanilla Ice) to complete the look!

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WAHOO!!  :D  GLD 2B BLD!!

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Seriously…love, love, LOVE these! V, you are absolutely GORGEOUS on the inside and out, with a sense of humor (and awesome ‘face’) to boot! (Shout out to MAC Cosmetics for working their makeup artistry.)

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Mr. & Mrs. Z and their matching hairdos! oxo

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Vaungaylyn, thank you for being uniquely you…for being a ray of light and a spark of inspiration every day! May your wish come true, as we all strive to be sublimely happy, and do big things to help others!

All our best!  Tiffany oxo

**Note:  In an effort to continue the ripple effect Vaungaylyn started, Follow Your Heart Photography will donate $1 to the GLD 2B BLD campaign for EACH blog comment left on this blog post between now and August 12, 2012. We will also donate any profits from downloads/prints/merchandise purchased between now and August 12, 2012 to the GLD 2B BLD campaign.

**To view (and order) all of the images from the GLD 2B BLD event, click here.

12 Responses to “GLD 2B BLD raises over $4,000! | Reno Cancer Foundation, Service for Sight”

  1. Casey D says:

    So inspirational!!!!! She is an amazing woman!

  2. Vaungaylyn!!! says:

    THANK YOU, Tiffany & Dean, for covering this, documenting it so well, and participating in the ripple effect!!! Your philanthropic spirit is an inspiration to ME and I’m better for having met the two of YOU!! The photos are incredible…what a treat. Thank you, thank you, thank you. xo

  3. Sara McGinness says:

    such great photos & what a wonderful way to keep the philanthropic spirit going!

  4. Amanda White says:

    Gaylyn is amazing and I am totally in awe of her amazing efforts. And if being amazing wasn’t good enough she is also beautiful bald!

  5. Jen McFarland says:

    Wonderful photos of such a memorable day! So happy to be a small part of it :)

  6. Paige says:

    So inspiring!!! What a beautiful story!

  7. Tina says:

    What an amazing event and person. Thank you Vaungaylyn for your courage and kind heart. Tiffany & Dean, you did an amazing job documenting the evening.

  8. Cheree says:

    I am so very proud of you V! You are an inspiration! Tiffany & Dean what amazing photos! Fantastic! :-)

  9. Jenny says:

    Very Cool, Great cause, great pictures to document the event.

  10. Desiree says:

    So inspiring! Beautiful photographs from the event. Thank you!

  11. Kelley says:

    What great photos of a wonderful and inspiring person and event!

  12. Corey says:

    Vaungaylyn ROCKS!!! What a generous and loving act of kindness. Thank you for making this contribution and sharing the experience with all of us. Follow Your Heart Photography – WOW! Beautiful images capturing a truly special occasion. Thank goodness for you both!

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