Do What You Want

How to Use Photography to Cure Childhood Cancers

by Alison Sutton, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 14, 2013

How can you use your love for photography to fundraise for childhood cancer research? Start a Do What You Want fundraiser with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!


Start a photo booth fundraiser to cure kids with cancer! Photos by Elaine Zelker Photography

Photo booths are all the rage right now, and it’s a simple way to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Last month, Susan Heard held her own Do What You Want fundraiser called Flashes of Gold in honor of her son, David, who has passed away from childhood cancer.

This fundraiser helped meet two criteria on David’s final bucket list: fund cures and embrace life!

Susan teamed up with three friends — Elaine Zelker (photographer), Kristine Ortiz (community warrior a.k.a. event planner), and Celeste Langen (connector) — to make a creative photo booth that was a memorable fundraiser for childhood cancer research.

You can organize an event like this, too!

You’ll need:

  • A photographer who is willing to donate their time (or a friend with a love for photography).
  • A plain background
  • Fun props like glasses, hats, feather boas — go crazy!
  • An instant camera or photo paper and a printer so your guests can bring home their creations

Charge a door fee or $5 to $10 per printed photo to raise money. Fancy up your event with food, a red carpet, and music for a fun, family-oriented day.

Susan loves the way her event turned out. She says, “The best way to Do What You Want is create an activity that your friends and family would want to do!  My friends are all about a selfie with a message…CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER!”

Create your own Do What You Want fundraiser and help raise money to Conquer Childhood Cancers.

Do What You Want