Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Taylor's Story | The Gold Hope Project

Since December when Heather contacting me through The Gold Hope Project, I've been looking forward to meeting and photographing Taylor. When I finally was able to get together with the Porters, I was blown away with how kind, welcoming and humble they were towards me. This meant a lot to me and it felt amazing to know I have made someone's day. And to document a HUGE milestone for Taylor is a memory I'll never forget!

This project is a way for me to give back to my community and dedicate my time to a family who has a child with an illness. These sessions will forever hold a special place in my heart, knowing that I am giving the gift of capturing moments for a family who is dealing with the stress of an illness and that they can look back at these photos and cherish them.

Read Taylor's story and her journey with Leukemia:

Taylor was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on 10/08/2010 when she was 14 years old. She was a very active, social and vibrant teenager. About a month into her treatment, she suffered seizures, a stroke and a bleed in her brain caused by one of the chemo medications. She spent a number of days in the ICU but recovered fully and has no residual effects. She went through 2.5 years of treatment, missed most of her freshman year of high school and lost some friends due to cancer. She did not, however, let cancer get her down! She finished her treatment plan for ALL in February 2013. She is currently an honor roll junior in high school, a varsity cheerleader and is looking forward to prom, her senior year and applying to college! Her attitude through all of this is "Never Ever Give Up!"

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