The seasons of hope

Couple launches 2016 calendar featuring stories and photos of local breast cancer survivors


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  • On Sunday, Feb. 22, local residents Kathie Austin, owner of Kathie Austin Photography, and Tom Mattingly, owner of Matting Leah Publishing Company, joined a group of breast cancer survivors and their families for a group photo at the Warwick Valley Community Center. Front from left, (sitting on floor): Emma Austin, Jack Austin, Lorraine Austin and Mili the dog. Standing first row from left: Matt Rosa, Kelly Della Rosa, Christina Rowan, Val Ann Rifflard, Kathie Austin, Wade Mattingly, Tom Mattingly, Sue Kriegel and Mary Andreozz.From left, sitting on stage: Teresa Dering, Lori Marrie and Carol Chatellier.And from left standing on stage: Brian Dering, Tom Marrie, Sam Chatellier and Carol Lahti.



WARWICK — On Sunday, Feb. 22, local residents Kathie Austin, owner of Kathie Austin Photography, and Tom Mattingly, owner of Matting Leah Publishing Company, joined a group of breast cancer survivors and their families for a group photo at the Warwick Valley Community Center followed by lunch at the Tuscan Café.

Austin and Mattingly have just announced the release of a two-year creative collaboration, Seasons of Hope 2016 calendar, featuring these inspiring local breast cancer survivors and their legacies.

"The goals for Seasons of Hope include creating awareness of breast cancer, fostering prevention, and inspiring hope for people who are fresh to or fresh from the battle with breast cancer," said Austin. "We're going to accomplish that with this publication."

Austin created 12 visual portraits of Hudson Valley area breast cancer survivors, while her partner Mattingly, using the pseudonym Matthew S. Field, penned the biographies for each subject.

The project is close to Mattingly's heart. His wife, Lori, succumbed to complications relating to breast cancer in 2005.

Austin and Mattingly are currently in talks with local, regional and national retailers about carrying the Seasons of Hope 2016 calendar, which is currently available for sale at Ye Olde Book Shoppe in Warwick, Amazon.com and at www.SeasonsofHopeCalendar.com

The calendar is priced at $19.95.

"We want Seasons of Hope to be a win-win for our community," said Mattingly. "In addition to our stated mission for the project, we will also donate a generous portion of the proceeds to an organization that helps families who face a breast cancer diagnosis. And finally, we also want to 'inspire' our local economy. Retailers who sell Seasons of Hope will not only know they're doing something good, but they will also generate profits and give customers a great reason to come into their stores."

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