Earlier this year I was accepted to be a participating photographer for The Gold Hope Project, an amazing organization that provides free photo sessions to families with child cancer fighters. When I received my acceptance email I was overwhelmed with emotion. Was I good enough to properly capture these families who truly deserve beautiful photographs at such a trying time? Would I be able to hold it together during a session, knowing the trials my young subjects were going through, or had overcome? The thought of photographing these families during such a poignant, emotional time in their lives was daunting.
But the fact that I was even given such an amazing opportunity was truly a blessing.
Still, to this day, I am in awe of my role as one of the many participating photographers supporting this organization. It is truly humbling and inspiring.
In October, I was blessed with my first Fighter family. I was excited and nervous, and itching to tell their story.
I met this sweet family on a pretty fall day at the North Park Village Nature Center. I was immediately enchanted by little Miss Mimi, the star of the session. At three years old, Mimi has been fighting leukemia since she was only one and a half. And yet, even with all that she has gone through, she is bubbly, smart, outgoing, silly and a whole bunch of fun…pretty much a typical three year old girl.
I am amazed at her resilience of spirit. She is truly amazing; a wonderful little girl.
Mimi, keep on fighting. You are strong, sweet, amazing.
For more information about The Gold Hope Project, visit them on the web here: http://www.goldhopeproject.com/
You can also visit them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TheGoldHopeProject