Bob Carey isn’t a ballerina, but sometimes he plays one for a good cause.
It started when his wife, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Sixteen years ago when Linda was diagnosed, I started making photographs of myself as a ballerina," Carey said. "And it’s mainly to show vulnerability, to support Linda, to make her happy."
Carey's ballerina photos were a form of self therapy, and they quickly turned into an internet sensation.
He’s now on a nationwide tour to raise awareness for his nonprofit, The Tutu Project, which helps women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment with non-medical expenses like mortgages, car payments and groceries.
On a recent trip to Omaha, Nebraska, Carey met Jen Flesher, a single mother of four with stage 3 breast cancer. Thanks to the Carey and The Tutu Project, Flesher is now $1,000 richer.
"I cried when I found out what it was," Flesher said. "Just a lot of different things that now I don’t have to necessarily worry and struggle with."
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