Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Johnny Reid’s performance in Moose Jaw at the Mosaic Concert of Hope. This annual event is an important and successful fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation.

Executive director Kelly McElree and his team worked very hard to create an amazing evening. Securing Canadian country music star and Juno award winner Johnny Reid was a major score for the event. Johnny and his band members very generously donated their time and talent to put on what was truly an amazing show.  Honestly, I am still buzzing at how good the show was. If you’ve seen Johnny before, you know how good of a storyteller he is, not to mention his singing and stage presence. This event featured a very heartfelt and compassionate performance from Johnny and the band, in light of the event’s tie to the fight against cancer.

Prior to the performance, emcee and cancer survivor Barrie Vice asked the audience to wave their glow sticks in succession starting with those who are personally living with cancer, and ending with those who know someone living with cancer. The image below illustrates how broad this disease reaches those around us. Although I was holding the camera, I was figuratively waving a glow stick in memory of my dad, who we lost to cancer in 2004.

Over $300,000 was raised at this single event thanks to the generosity of Mosaic, and to the good people of Moose Jaw and surrounding area. These funds will be put towards purchasing a CR reader at the local hospital, a leading device used in cancerous cell imaging.

Bravo to Johnny Reid, his band, and all of those who organized, donated to, and attended this year’s Concert of Hope.  It was such a positive experience in our fight against cancer. I hope to see you there next year, in person, or on camera.