The Team Tucker Photo Book Project

Guest post by Shutterfly Fan Vanessa

Hi! My name is Vanessa. I have been working on a special project this Summer that I would love to share with you.

In April, our 7 year old cousin, Tucker, was diagnosed with cancer. I remember looking at my two boys and feeling overcome with sadness for his parents and for what they must have been going through. I knew I had to do something special for Tucker. I brainstormed for a week and came up with a plan. Someone from their home town came up with the phrase “Team Tucker” as a way to show support for Tucker and his fight against cancer.

I emailed my friends and family asking them to make a sign that said “Team Tucker”, snap a photo of them holding the sign, and then send me the photo. My plan was to create a photo book for Tucker. By doing this, Tucker could actually SEE all of the people who were thinking of him and supporting him.

One day, I came up with the idea of emailing the sports teams in Ohio, where Tucker lives, and asking them to help me with my project. I figured I would not hear back from many, but that it really didn’t hurt to ask! After a few months, I had heard back from almost every professional sports team in Ohio, Disney characters, Monster Jam truck drivers, the Governor of Texas (where I live), and SO many more! I was blown away by the response I received from people. It had spiraled in to so much more than I ever could have dreamed of. The experience was very heart warming.

This was my first time using Shutterfly and it was so easy. The book turned out wonderful and very professional. Tucker and his family really loved the photo book. Tucker can keep this book and treasure it always. As for me, I will always treasure the experience and how touching it was to create this small, yet powerful project for him.

Click here to view Vanessa’s Team Tucker photo book.


  1. Joey says

    Your book is wonderful. I found reading this blog very touching, poignant and personal. Its one that really pulls at ones heart strings. i bet this was a wonderful experience for you to create this book and have so many people join in with a photo. That is remarkable. Something like this will leave a lasting expression on Tucker. I bet he loves looking through this and knowing how many people are on his side. I wish Tucker the best.

  2. BarbaraJ says

    Vanessa, this is a really great book. The response you received was amazing and it is because more people care than we sometimes think.

  3. Earl J says

    What a wonderful use for a photo book. It will become even more powerful and inspiring as time goes by. Great to get such a positive and thrilling response from the people you contacted.

  4. says

    I agree with Earl. This is an incredible to send a special message with just a photo book. You took such great care in creating something that will show a life time of inspiration.

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