“No matter what people tell you, if you think you can do it, you can.” – Aileen Manso- #YouWowMe 28

Aileen Manso

As I finished photographing Calvin Williams, a woman behind me called out, “Hey photographer.  Come take our photo.”

Naturally, I did.

This led to a conversation with Aileen Manso and I explained to her about my family friend, Aileen Kay.  It’s not a very common name and it caught my attention. So I invited Aileen to be in this exhibit.

“No matter what people tell you, if you think you can do it, you can” Aileen wishes to pass these words of inspiration to the next person in this project.  She explained that a few years ago she was diagnosed with cancer and all of her doctors told her that she shouldn’t expect to “beat” the cancer.

But this didn’t stop Aileen.   “I just knew I could do it.  Basically, I decided I wasn’t done yet (with life).  And I did it.”

What a wonderful story!

Aileen is the 28th subject in my photography exhibit:  #YouWowMe –  the first-ever photography project to combine portraiture and personal words of inspiration which are passed to the next person — i.e. a “pay it forward” of inspirational photography.

To view more of these inspirational portraits, go here.

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