Yesterday would have been my grandma Dale’s birthday as well as my grandma and grandpa’s anniversary. My grandpa passed away in 1987 of lung cancer and my grandma in 1991 of Lymphoma cancer. It wasn’t until I got into photography that I realized that I really have no photos of myself with either of them. I miss them both dearly and I can’t find one single GOOD photo. It breaks my heart. Realizing this has made me go somewhat overboard taking photos of my family every chance I get. You just never know what tomorrow will bring.
Also, a dear friend of mine recently found out her husband has stage 4 cancer. As soon as I heard, I rushed over to give her a big hug and convince her that they HAD to come in and let me do a photo shoot of the two of them together. We had to do it soon before the chemo and radiation started to take it’s toll on his body. I sat down after the shoot to look at the photos and started to cry. I didn’t just capture a good smile here and there but I got all the goofy looks he gave her, the sneaked in kisses, the laughter between the two of them. I know that those photos will help her get through some really tough times ahead, at the very least they will make her smile.
Cancer is about the scariest thing I can think of. It has been ever since I lost my grandparents to it. It’s a really tough journey that the entire family takes together. The least I can do to honor my grandparents memory is to offer another family a free photo shoot.
“We have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand; Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, But we have this moment today”
If you or someone you know is currently battling cancer….please email me your story at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will read over each and every email and choose one very deserving individual for a free family photo shoot.
Winner to be drawn on January 4, 2013.