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Everyone who has read my script or seen the movie has asked me "Who is Lenore Bateman?" Lenore was my aunt -- more precisely, my mother's youngest sister. Lenore was the inspiration for this movie. From about the age of 12 on our families spent every holiday and lots of weekends together and I got to know and grow very close to my aunt -- you see she didn't have any daughters and I didn't have any sisters so we were a perfect match.
I remember distinctly when Lenore was diagnosed with breast cancer -- it was right before Christmas and I was a young adult. She took it in stride like she took everything else in life: with a sense of humor and a "Oh, don't worry about me, I'll be fine" attitude. She continued to work full time all throughout her treatments and was pronounced "cured" only to have her cancer return some years later in her throat and, ultimately, in her brain. But even throughout all this she retained her "life is great" attitude and never complained -- she always reached out and lived life to its fullest potential. This is the theme of my movie and she is my inspiration in life. Thank you, Lenore.
I met Dave Balch through my internet research for this movie. Dave is the author of "Cancer for Two" and the creator of "The Patient Partner Project." Dave is on a mission to help partners of cancer patients as they walk that fine line of helping their loved one through a difficult illness while trying to cope with it themselves. Dave supported his wife through her successful nine-month battle with breast cancer, going with her to every medical appointment and caring for her during three surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He did everything from bathing her to making her meals to changing her surgical dressings, all while maintaining his home software business and taking care of a ranch, two horses, two cats, two dogs and a really mean parrott. Most importantly, he and his wife both kept their sense of humor through it all as they went through their ordeal together. Dave says that this experience, although difficult, was the most rewarding and fulfilling of his life.
Now Dave is on a personal, full-time mission to help other patients by helping their partners. That's why he founded The Patient/Partner Project which consists of several components, including his book, "Cancer for Two: An Inspiring True Story and Guide for Cancer Patients and Their Partners" and a free website where patients and partners can post progress reports for family and friends. For more information about The Patient/Partner Project please go to www.The PatientPartnerProject.org.
Coldwater Creek, a National Series Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure®, exemplifies everything I am trying to do with my film -- create the feeling in the audience members that they have had a "personal experience" with this disease, instead of being a detached observer of the survivors in our midst. It only made sense, therefore, that I would approach them first with a request that they provide all of the women's wardrobe for the film. They graciously agreed, so nearly all the women's wardrobe that you see on the screen is the beautiful end result of a collaberation with Coldwater Creek. To visit Coldwater Creek's online store, go to www.coldwatercreek.com.
I've known Marv Westmore for many years as a friend and, more recently, our company has produced instructional DVD's for him and his school. So it was a given that I would approach Marv with my script and ask for his assistance. He was most gracious in offering not only his own expertise, but that of his staff and graduates of his school. You see, Marv comes from the movie makeup dynasty of Westmores that literally established makeup for the movies. In fact, it was Marv's grandfather who first started putting makeup on actors (Rudolph Valentino) and by the mid-1930's every major Hollywood studio had a makeup department headed by a Westmore. When Marv, a living legend in the field, founded the Westmore Academy, he set in motion the foundation for producing the next generation of professional cosmetic artists.
Mike Pak, the special effects instructor at The Westmore Academy and an acclaimed special effects artist who has contributed his talents to such productions as Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hellboy, Nip/Tuck, Babylon 5, The Last Samurai, Men in Black 2 and The X Files, was the special effects makeup supervisor on my film.
Michelle deMilt and Abigail Dreessen as well as Reiko Horiuchi (not pictured), all graduates of The Westmore Academy, were key makeup and assistant makeup artists on my film.
For more information about The Westmore Academy, Marvin Westmore or Mike Pak, go to www.westmoreacademy.com.
Kathi with makeup artists
Abigail Dreessen and Michelle deMilt