Ken McKenzie, Los Angeles funeral director, is publishing a 2007 calendar to raise funds for KammCares, a foundation dedicated to the care and assistance of those going through treatment for breast cancer.
KammCares and the Men of Mortuaries Calendar project began when Ken’s sister, Katherine Alyce McKenzie-Meadows, was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she struggled to make ends meet during chemotherapy she started thinking about other people in similar or more difficult circumstances. When she saw fundraising calendars produced by firemen and Chippendales dancers, she jokingly asked her brother, “Where are the morticians?”.
Ken figured that the popularity of TV show Six Feet Under would make it possible for the public to accept the more earthy side of the funeral industry. He placed an ad in a funeral industry trade journal, looking for undertakers to pose for the first calendar. However he had to look hard to find those who demonstrated a sense of humour.
See the calendar online at www.menofmortuaries.com