Andrea Whitesell O’ Connell was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma at the age of 19 and battled the disease for 21 years – getting married, having children and living her life with spirit, hope and determination. She was an inspiration to all her knew her and it’s in this spirit that the “Live Like Andi Walk & Run & Fashion Walk, along with a 10 mile ” Who’s Your Hero?” run at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, Iraq were held – to raise awareness of the disease and funding for research of ACC.
We began filming the volunteers setting up at 6:00 am and finished with the Fashion Walk at 12:30 pm. It was then back to the studio to edit the race footage – blending it with home movies, photos, and footage from Iraq – setting it to music and getting it done by 8pm! It took a Herculean effort to accomplish all of that within seven hours, but we did it, and it was received with cheers, laughter and tears. We feel privileged to have been part of this day.
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