Today’s post is in honor of a beautiful, strong woman who has been there for Ryan through thick and thin: Lena Palmer. It goes without saying that through the past year and change we have discovered over and over again just how limitless our friends’ capacity for love has been. This has been transmitted to us in a multitude of ways: hopeful texts, perfectly timed phone calls, home visits, big bear hugs. Since diagnosis, our friends have also come up with thoughtful and creative ways to help ease the financial burden of cancer, and last year, Lena dreamed up something hilarious, incredible, unbelievably sexy, and oh so reflective of The Ryan West. What was that project you ask? A nude calendar of course. Over the past several months, Lena recruited a large group of friends to contribute as photographers, models, lighting specialists, location scouts, social media mavens (http://skydmagazine.com/2016/11/huck-cancer/), and, in the case of Ryan’s and my photoshoot, hype men. And with the help of Media Ventures, Inc., she brought the 2017 Huck Cancer calendar to life. This was a gargantuan effort that took way more organizing and coordinating than I could ever hope to fully understand, and I am blown away by the results – almost as much as I am blown away by Lena herself.
Thank you to everyone who contributed, bought a calendar, “liked” posts about it on Facebook, subsequently shared those posts, a huge thank you to all of the wonderful models and photographers, and very special if somewhat awkward thank you to my coworkers who found me in the hallways to say “so… about this calendar… ;)”.