We often think of MoJo’s on Bald Head Island, NC as a place to eat, a place to gather, and a place to share smiles.
However today it became so much more. MoJo’s generously provided $19,461 to Duke Health Pancreatic Cancer Research. Thing is, that huge donation was so much more than just money, because every dollar told a story.

Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography

Walls and Walls of Dollar Bills, better known as “Brookes Wall” started in 2011 with one dollar bill as a kind simple little gesture by Brooke Williams. At that moment it was pinned upon the wall and the gesture caught on by all who visited Mojo’s later turning into thousands of dollars adorning the walls.

Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography

Sadly Mr. Brooke Williams passed away from pancreatic cancer and never got to see the true glory of his one simple gesture. However, upon the announcement of the departure of MoJo’s owners Andrea and John Pitera, they knew it was within their hearts to remove the dollars from their recently sold beloved MoJo’s and donate the funds to Duke Health for Pancreatic Cancer in Honor of Mr. Brooke Williams.

Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Owners John & Andrea Pitera

When Duke Health contacted us requesting we document this touching moment, of course there was no way we would miss such an honor! Yesterday morning we entered the much loved MoJo’s on beautiful Bald Head Island to be greeted with warm welcomes by MoJo’s Owners Andrea and John Pitera. Not only were we greeted by a warm welcome, we were surrounded by the many hard working hands slowly but surely removing one dollar bill by one, thumb tack by thumb tack, reading each story as they went.

Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography

As we took a moment to take a deep breath and gasp at the glory of what was truly happening around us.
We realized these were not just dollar bills hanging upon this dollar bill wall in which they call “Brookes Wall”…what we realized was there were stories, of happiness, heart ache, celebrations, love, and dedications written on each and every dollar bill that adorned every wall space within the much loved walls of Mojo’s.
Brookes Wall, started with one

Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography

We started doing what comes nature for us to do, which is to photograph every emotion, every smile, every tear and every story upon these dollar bills that filled “Brookes Wall”….that’s when we saw a gentle soul working so hard to remove the dollars which lead me to photograph her…that’s when owner Andrea said, I’d like you to meet Nonie Williams, she is Brooke Williams wife. I simple put my camera down and grasped her hands and said “what an honor to meet you” She smiled back and proceeded to show me a framed dollar bill. You see, it wasn’t just any dollar bill, it was the “one dollar bill” that turned into $19,461 dollar bills, and for that dollar bill?
It will go home with Mrs. Williams as it should.

Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Nonie Williams, Wife of Brooke Williams
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography

Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography
Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography

We continued to document the emotions swirling around us, the stories, the laughter, the smiles, the hugs, the goodbyes, and the well wishes of offerings towards Andrea and John’s new journey as they say good bye to MoJo’s.
While Brookes Wall may not continue on with the pinning of dollar bills, it sure lives on with the $19,461 stories, that were dedicated within his honor to Duke Health Pancreatic Cancer and what an honor it was to be a part of such a heart-touching story. My only wish is that Corey and I had met all of these lovely people sooner.

Much Love to Andrea and John in their Journeys!
Peace, Love, & Heart-Filled Moments,
Erin and Corey
of Snapp-Shot Photography
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Bald Head Island, NC MoJo's Cancer Donation; every dollar told a story | Snapp-Shot Photography

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