Brandi was diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma at just 11 months old after experiencing some nausea and weightloss. After many surgeries and being placed on a feeding tube, she was given 1-3 months to live.
When I photographed Brandi at 20 months old, she could not walk or talk, but she certainly knew how to communicate. What she conveyed most, was joy! She is such a happy little girl with a charming personality. With no idea of the strength and resilience she possesses. And do I even have to mention those eyes?!! GAH *Melt*
I recently contacted Brandi's mother for an update. I am overjoyed to report that she has now outlived that original prognosis by 11 months and has even started to talk!!
I am praying she will continue to fight this disease and surpass all the Doctor's expectations.
Here is a portion of Brandi's Gold Hope Project photo session. Please follow The Gold Hope Project to learn about all the ways they are helping families dealing with pediatric cancers, and how you can personally contribute.
The Gold Hope Project
Cancer does not discriminate.
Sweet Emilia was just 2.5 years old when she was diagnosed with ALL.
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children.
Despite her diagnosis and many treatments,
Emilia remains an absolute joy.
Full of energy and childhood curiosity, working with her and her family was a pleasure.
Looking at these images, you can really feel the bond of love
that holds them all together, especially that between her and her beautiful sister Avery.
Juvenile cancers are the most grossly underfunded of all cancers,
receiving just 4% of total cancer research funding.
Being a volunteer for The Gold Hope Project has allowed me
to meet some of the most courageous and inspiring young people.
These kids are fighters, they have their whole lives ahead of them.
They deserve SO much more than 4%!!
I highly encourage you to support this wonderful organization
and to contribute in any way you can!
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It was such an honor to photograph Sam and his family for The Gold Hope Project last month. Sam was diagnosed with Leukemia on 2.11.13. After 1000 days of chemotherapy, it is wonderful to see him so full of energy, just being a kid.
He has such a fun personality, I wish him a lifetime of health and happiness!!
The Gold Hope Project is always looking for volunteers to gift children like Sam and his family with beautiful and lasting memories.
Please consider joining their growing list of photographers!