Jo Garvin's Ultimate Hike

"Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life"
-Harvey Mackay

"I do the work I do because I love it" says Jo, owner of Jo's Photo Mojo. She started her photography business 3 ½ years ago with a niche in family photos and an emphasis on special needs kids. In particular, Jo photographed a lot of children’s parties. Being from the small town Apex, NC she would often run in to Christy Griffith, a local cake baker, at these parties…and so the relationship began.

In October, 2009, Christy's 2-year old daughter Eve, was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a cancer of the kidneys which accounts for 7% of children's cancer cases. Approximately 500 children are diagnosed with Wilms tumor in the United States each year and about 75% of these children are under age 5.

When Jo learned of Eve's cancer diagnosis, she immediately knew she wanted to help in some way. She began documenting Eve's cancer journey through photography. The first photo she took was of Eve with her pigtails: a photo that would soon represent hope and memories of what once was for the Griffith family. Jo's relationship with Christy turned from business, to a warm friendship as she continued chronicling little Eve's life through photography.

This was only the beginning of Jo's involvement with children's cancer. In support of Christy and Eve, she offered to take photos at the CureSearch Walk – Triangle, NC in February, 2011 where Christy and Eve's team placed top fundraiser, bringing in more than $15,800 with 169 walkers. Once the CureSearch staff saw the exceptional photographs Jo took at the Walk, they asked her to volunteer her services for the inaugural Ultimate Hike - Georgia in May, 2011. Jo quickly accepted and enjoyed the event so much that she decided to join another CureSearch Ultimate Hike taking place in October. This time, instead of taking photos, Jo hiked all 28.3 miles of the Appalachian Foothills Trail and raised more than $2,000 for children's cancer research. Her campaign to raise this money consisted of donating proceeds from photo sessions, holding a mini-photo session fundraiser event, and a Facebook "likes" campaign, where she donated $1 to CureSearch for every new "like" she received during a specific time.

Recently, Jo decided to share her photographic talent with families of children affected by cancer. She follows families through all stages of cancer, from scans to surgery and chemo, to family outings. Her hope is to spread awareness about children's cancer through her work. Jo has graciously agreed to share these photos on

We thank Jo for her generosity, for sharing her incredible talents with CureSearch, and for all the work she is doing for children's cancer.

For information on Jo's Photo Mojo, visit
For information on the CureSearch Walk, visit
For information on the Ultimate Hike, visit

Christine Bork
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