Kelsey Combe’s parents died within three months of each other. She stated that 2017 was one of the most difficult years of her life, but wedding photography helped her get through it.
Kelsey’s mom, Sharon, was diagnosed, with lung cancer in 2014. She received treatment and was declared cancer-free the same year. However, a year later, she developed a complication. Sharon participated in a clinical-trial, which gave her another 1.5 years to live. Kelsey’s dad was diagnosed with cancer around this same time.
Kelsey moved both of her parents into her home in order to take care of them. Sharon died on June 14, 2017. Kelsey’s Dad, Doug, died on September 25, 2017. She decided to turn to wedding photography to help her heal. She stated that weddings kept her going when she could have just hid in the bed.
Kelsey said that seeing grooms and brides with their parents gave her mixed emotions. However, she was happy for them. She also stated that she was happy to make other people’s day special.
Cycling was another thing that helped Kelsey get over the death of her parents. She put together a team called Cycle for Survival. Kelsey’s siblings also participated in the cycling. The funds that she raises for Cycling for Survival goes to support cancer research.
The funds will go to Memorial Sloan Kettering. This is where both Sharon’s parents received treatment. Kelsey is asking people to donate to the cause if they are unable to ride. She wants to help fight cancer and change the future.
Kelsey stated that her parents were extraordinary people and parents. She wants everyone to know how wonderful they were.