Boy oh boy, do I ever have an inspiring Silver Lining for you on this beautiful Monday Morning! And it’s not what you might think it is based on the photo above. Please allow me to explain…and prepare for goosebumps.
Dream Foundation, the first and largest national wish- granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness, partnered with C California Style Magazine to fulfill 18-year-old cancer patient Sonya Urzua’s dying wish to be a model. Yes. You read that correctly. Sonya, the girl in the cover above, is 18. And dying of cancer.
It would be reasonable to ask where is the Silver Lining is. As you may recall, I believe that Silver Linings provide balance and perspective. In other words, they involve thinking not about what you don’t have, but rather what you DO have. The Silver Linings for Sonya are that her lifelong dream of modeling was fulfilled AND her memory will live on in these miraculous images. These photographs are the ultimate gift for her family as well.
It is my great honor and privilege to share Sonya’s modeling dream with you. As you will clearly see, she is a complete and total inspiration.
Sonya was photographed in Los Angeles by the famed Diego Uchitel in Monique Lhullier dresses, and Harry Winston and Van Cleff & Arpels jewelry. Professional styling was by Samantha Traina including hair by Mara Roszak, makeup by Amy Oresman and a manicure by Christina Aviles at Opus Beauty.
Urzua also met—and was photographed with—the magazine’s May cover model, Zo
e Saldana, in advance of her new release, Star Trek Into Darkness, this month. “You’re so beautiful!” exclaimed Saldana u pon seeing the teen before the cameras. “You’re a natural!”
C California Style Founder and Editorial Director Jennifer Hale “Watching Sonya in front of the camera was a moment I will never forget. This beautiful girl, glowing, radiant in a dream realized, was priceless. Isn’t that what life is all about? Living life to the fullest…enjoying every moment.” C California Style even created a special insert with Sonya on the cover and included it in the May issue.
Jennifer Hale and Dream Foundation President and Founder Thomas Rollerson presented the magazine to Sonya at the residential hospice facility where she now lives.
About Dream Foundation The first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults, Dream Foundation enhances the quality of life for individuals and their families battling life-threatening illness. Dream recipients are those individuals who have been given a year-or less-less life expectancy. Dreams range from basic need items, like a working stove, to bedside reunions and meaningful experiences with children and loved ones.
Founded in 1994, Dream Foundation serves more than 2,500 dreams each year and relies on a network of volunteers, sponsors and individual donors. To learn more about or support the work of Dream Foundation, please visit www.dreamfoundation.org/donate or call (805) 564-2131.
About C California Style With beautiful photography and a sophisticated wit, C is California’s arbiter of taste and trends
—primarily in the areas of fashion, jewelry, personalities, beauty and home. Its publications focus on the looks, people, places and events that define California’s style and its role as the creative center of the country.