Go Gold: September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month
Today is the last day of September, and the last day of Pediatric/Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I'm honored to be able to volunteer with numerous organizations that help families in need! Check out more info below on some of the amazing families and their stories that I've been blessed to get to know along their journey! Painted signs featured in Gold Hope Project sessions were designed, created & donated by Lindsay Coil of Tag Me Crafty
The Gold Hope Project
This amazing network of international professional photographers provides free portrait sessions to the families of childhood cancer fighters. "The Gold Hope Project’s goal is to make sure that these already over-burdened families have an everlasting documentation of the joy and whimsy of their children while simultaneously raising awareness of and funds for pediatric oncology research and treatment." You can find more info on The Gold Hope Project's website here. If you, or someone you know may be able to benefit from TGHP's mission, you can apply online here.
Meet Abby & Jenna
Abby & Jenna are a remarkable duo- both cancer survivors and fighters (Abby, Retinoblastoma & Renal Cell Carcinoma & Jenna, Bilateral Optic Nerve Gliomas) These joyful girls love to sing & dance and are very involved with their local Christian youth musical theatre group!
Landon gained his angel wings this summer and is dancing in heaven with his Maker. Landon and his mom, Melinda are very near and dear to my heart. Landon was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Gliomatosis Cerebri in June 2017. Landon loved all things video games, legos, Harry Potter & pets/animals. His story is bringing awareness to this fight and there is no doubt in my mind that God is using Landon for His glory.
This sweet little buddy, aka Super Declan is such a happy and easy going boy! Declan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just before he turned 9 months old. He's currently in remission and has just under 2 months left of treatment.
Greyson is a darling and spunky now three-year-old and a new big brother since I first met him last fall! He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia when he was just over one year old. He is chugging along with treatment, and even recently started preschool!
Meet Ella Joy
Ella Joy and her brother Asaph have a special bond. Ella Joy was diagnosed with t-cell leukemia when she was just 4 years old, and relapsed again 4 years later. Her brother was her bone marrow transplant- saving her life! Ella Joy and Asaph like to read comics & mystery stories together!
Compass to Care
Compass to Care, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, ensures all families can access life-saving cancer treatment for their children. They carry out this mission by scheduling and paying for travel arrangements to the hospital where a child is being treated for cancer. Ultimately, they give children the best access to life-saving cancer treatment, regardless of their family’s financial situation. For more info on Compass to Care, please visit their website.
Flashes of Hope
Flashes of Hope is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Alongside other professional photographers in the area,I setup a pop-up studio in area hospitals providing families with free portrait sessions! For more info on Flashes of Hope, please visit their website.