The Moms Who Kick calendar is available now with all proceeds going to charity.
In an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, Bayville resident Joanne Hutchins created a calendar known as "Moms Who Kick," which features local moms who are in excellent physical conditions, train in some type of martial arts and are over 40.
The project is a tribute to all women who have battled with breast cancer with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and their Breast Cancer Research efforts.
A fitness and martial arts enthusiast, Joanne holds a first degree black belt in karate and is currently training toward second degree in mixed martial arts. Inspired by Bruce Lee, she is additionally studying the art of Jeet Kune Do.
Hutchins met Oyster Bay photographer Art Koch about a year ago and loved his black and white photography. Ideas started swirling and at first, friends suggested she create a calendar for the troops in Iraq. After her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, Hutchins made the cause a personal one and decided to create a calendar honoring women with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward breast cancer research.
"I am doing this and it is so important for me," said Hutchins. "It has been such an inspirational project."
Laney Liner, a resident of Plainview, was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer at the age of 35 in 2007 and was inspired by the Hutchins' efforts, the calendar that she created and what it stood for.
"My doctors at Sloan Kettering informed me about how important exercise is to keep me well," said Liner, who is doing well now. "This calendar highlights women who have a firm understanding of the benefits of physical fitness."
The 2010 calendar is already in the works and Hutchins hopes to expand the idea outside of martial arts to any "mom who kicks."
"A mom who kicks can be any mom that is out there doing something that is strong and physically and mentally challenging," she said.
Each month of the calendar features a different mom, information about her, tips from the American Cancer Society on how to stay healthy and information about a local sponsor.
So far, the calendar has raised over $11,000 and Hutchins hopes for continued success this year and next year's calendar too. The suggested donation is $25 per calendar.
Information regarding how to purchase a calendar and support the initiative can be found at www.tigresspersonalfitness.com by clicking on the moms who kick link in the left hand navigation. The 2009 calendar includes February 2009 - January 2010.