This man has gone around the world, dressed in a pink tutu, all to make his wife laugh and raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment
His wife Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer about 10 years ago. The cancer recurred in 2006. He saw the strength of his wife through her fight with the disease.
"I've been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us 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," Bob writes in the Tutu Project.voiceofrussia.com
After Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, Bob began photographing himself in nothing but a pink tutu wanting to make his wife laugh in the midst of her struggle
Linda would share the images with other patients going through chemo and they too would laugh
For Linda, the photos provided an opportunity to laugh, something she said helped keep her positive during treatment. But it wasn't just for her. The photos made EVERYONE laugh.rt.com
She was able to bring them in on her phone and show them around so that people could see Bob on the high line in New York City, twirling shirtless in only a tutu.myfoxphilly.com
It's silly. It's not deep. But it makes Linda laugh, and the more she laughs, the "better she feels," said Bob. Amen. That's love. True, true love.cafemom.com
"Keeping everything light and not so serious"
“Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us 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,” Bob said, encouraging people who find themselves in a similar situation.rt.com
The idea for "Ballerina," a book, was then born. Inside, a collection of images of Carey donning a pink tutu, but also humorous stories of Carey's adventure while wearing it.myfoxphilly.com
"There are so many expenses not covered by insurance, but what's so great is that for every $1,000 raised we can make a significant difference to these women. We'll be able to help with transportation to doctor appointments; wigs; lymphedema sleeves; childcare and counseling," Carey said.8newsnow.com
Now it has gone beyond just their personal story and has evolved into something else
Over the years Bob has continued making the photos in various locations (even in the mid of a snow storm) and that’s how The Tutu Project was born inspired by the feedback Bob received.ctvnews.ca
The Project helps raise money for breast cancer research and is also to support the fund raising efforts of The Carey Foundation for women with breast cancer.huffingtonpost.com
It strives to bring laughter and understanding to patients and their families. This work now gives hope to others fighting cancer, as his photos have become an art and philanthropic phenomenon.voiceofrussia.com
Funds raised with the support of The Tutu Project, individual and corporate donations are provided directly to organizations that offer assistance with cancer-related costs like transportation to treatment, home care, childcare and medical supplies.usatoday.com
GALLERY: Bob Tutu'ing around the world!