A fun a supportive gesture of a husband painting his toenails has turned into a campaign to fight lung cancer.
Valerie Brosdal, 53, is a non-smoker who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. When she received the news back in August, she and her family were beyond shocked. Valerie quickly reached out to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and from there, she began treatment in October. During the ups and downs of chemotherapy, one day Valerie decided to get a pedicure and her loving husband, Ralph Kapostins, got one with her as a silly gesture.
Since purple is Valerie's favorite color, along with her pedicure shade of choice, Ralph opted for the same as well. A photo was taken and shared on social media asking others to paint their toes in support.
The response was outstanding as purple-toed photos flooded the internet leading to the creation of The Purple Toes Campaign, Smiles for Val. Families gathered their feet together and even included their pets in the movement.
The campaign has transformed into a fundraiser for lung cancer research where $12,000 has already been raised. Over at the Addario Foundation site (www.lungcancerfoundation.org), they continue to ask for submissions of photos along with donations and words of encouragement. With a donation of $25 or more, they also send out a bottle of OPI Purple with a Purpose nail polish.
You can check out a gallery of purple-painted toe photos from people, dogs, and even horses on the site as well as their Facebook page!
Valerie and her husband have been blown away with the immense support and how touching each photo and donation proves to be.
Photo Credit: Facebook