Please Vote Daily for Ja’Naya, My Little Fighter

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I don’t write often about my daughter here, mostly because I generally prefer to embrace the normalcy of our lives than to talk about her battle with leukemia. She’s doing well — wonderful in fact, and she hasn’t let any of it slow her down. Not even a little. Doctor’s appointments are a mere blip on our radars now, including when we get dentist appointments at clinics like Asecra, and in between, she’s just a normal little girl who loves to dance to Just Dance 2 and Michael Jackson The Experience 🙂

But I have a favor to ask on her/my own behalf today. I recently entered Ja’Naya into a contest sponsored in part by Kiwi Magazine, a great magazine for green moms. The Small Moments photo contest challenges parents to create a photo book featuring a child (or children) to be entered for a chance to win some amazing prizes:

  • Grand Prize Package: $15,000 college scholarship, $5,000 toward a vacation, an article on you and your child in Kiwi Magazine, a feature article on, a gift bag from their promotional partners. The winner is selected by judges.
  • People’s Choice Prize Package: $5,000 college scholarship, $2,011 in cash, a feature article on, a gift bag from their promotional partners. This award is given to the child who has the most votes on their photobook by March 8th, 2011.
  • Weekly Winners: $500 in cash, child’s photo featured on Small Moments website, a gift bag from their promotional partners. Every week, the entrant with the most votes that week will win a prize.
  • Modeling Contracts: Five entrants will be chosen by Patti Fleischer (Founder and President of Generation Model Management, NYC) for an exclusive contract with her company.

While the final 2 prizes would be nice and I absolutely believe my princess is more than gorgeous enough to be a model, what we really have our eyes on is the college scholarships.

I would love to have you head over to Ja’Naya’s photobook to check out photos I’ve shot of her over the past year and a half or so, read her story and vote for her. To vote, click the cloud button on the top right corner of her entry page. You can vote once a day, and I’d love to have you go back every day and do so! (I’ll owe you one)

And of course, you can create your own photo book and enter your own child for the same prizes if you’re so inclined. Just click here to learn more and submit your entry.

Thanks in advance!

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  • Lynn January 28, 2011, 2:23 pm

    Of COURSE we voted! So thrilled to know JaNaya is doing well. It’s thrilling. More thrilling would be her winning this and having the scholarship money. My problem is that as much as I’d like to vote daily, it’s hard to remember. Any way you could set up a reminder email with a link? That would be a HUGE help.

    Hugs to you both!

    • jennae January 28, 2011, 2:55 pm

      Thank you Lynn! And that is an excellent point. If anyone else is interested in receiving a daily reminder email, please let me know and I’ll send one out. I can send it via email or Facebook — whichever is your preference.

      Thanks again for your support!

  • Corey January 28, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Ja’Naya, you are beautiful inside and out! And Mama, so are YOU!

    You have my vote; comes along with a huge hug for both of you.

  • Dana January 28, 2011, 6:12 pm

    Voted! Good Luck! She is adorable!!

  • deana - GWG January 28, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Just voted, Jennae… GOOD LUCK! I agree with Lynn – please remind us to vote going forward.
    xo db

  • Eco Mama January 29, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Voted! Your daughter is beautiful and so are you.
    Eco Mama

  • Linda January 30, 2011, 11:01 am

    Of course I voted for little girl.
    Fortunately, here in the Netherlands you don’t need a huge scholarship to get a good education.
    I hope Ja’Naya will win this contest!

    Greetings from Amsterdam,

    P.S. Please remind me every day via email.

  • kim February 1, 2011, 9:03 am

    so happy to have the opportunity to vote for your sweet ja’naya… hope she wins that scholarship! xoxo

  • Debbie February 8, 2011, 10:04 pm

    We of course voted for Ja’Naya, having a son with a brain tumor I can completely understand. She is just so beautiful. 🙂 Hope she gets picked.

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