going gold… for childhood cancer awareness
i have an amazingly big ♥heart♥ for childhood cancer awareness. did you know that:
- everyday about 250 kids a day die from cancer.
- the national cancer institute spends 96% of it’s budget on adult cancers and only 4% on children’s cancers research!
- 95% of kids who do survive cancer will have a significant health related issue due to the crazy side-effects of either the cancer or the actual drugs that were used to treat the cancer.
in 2014 i began photographing a 3 year old friend with cancer in his day to day activities over 15 different times. talk about emotional roller-coaster.
in 2015 i started photographing other children with cancer as a way to bring more awareness to children with cancer. if you are interest in seeing more you can take a look at some images of rhett, eden, creighton, and channing here.
in 2016 i decided to add another type of awareness statement out there… and my high school senior reps wanted in on the excitement. we decided a go gold photo shoot would be just the right thing. any old gold just wouldn’t do… so i began looking for something more. i was completely floored when brickhouse bridal offered us some of their stunning gold gowns to make our go gold photo shoot go from a good idea to a fabulous situation! i was even more awed when i showed up to take a look and everyone there was so incredibly nice and friendly! their shop made me want to plan another wedding (which could be a whole other blog in itself. :)) The planning for the shoot didn’t end there. courtney and emily over at the beauty lounge were so gracious to donate their time for the girls hair and even a little make-up. the salon is beautiful and i think my senior reps definitely enjoined the experience! Here are a few of their behind the scene images. (thanks blaze, amber, and krista)
after hair and makeup at the amazing beauty lounge we all loaded up like we were hitting the town for a night out in our brickhouse bridal gold dresses (well at least the girls were… i was in jeans and a tshirt… definitely under-dressed.) and hit the road for the a predetermined location in the woodlands area for pictures. then i noticed a great glass building… that just so happen to be the new texas children’s hospital. noticing an open drive way we parked and walked across the parking lot and got all set… then… the cops showed up… no really moments after this video below went live they came and crashed our party. turns out the open driveway wasn’t supposed to be open… the cops were kind enough to allowed us to take the amazingly image below and i am so grateful for that! (so if you’re out there… thank you it was for this amazing cause!) then we headed off to take the rest of what you see below. our pit stop did cost us some day light and i definitely found myself wanting another hour with these stunning girls wearing these stunning dress in the amazing golden light that happen to peek through…
these images are just a small example of how to someone can spread awareness for childhood cancer. there are many way you yourself can spread awareness… do some research here and here and know the facts about childhood cancers, support a family nearby that has a child with cancer (it wont be hard to find one i promise.) and then spread the news with someone. feel free to also share this blog post on social media or pin one of these images with some information about childhood cancer.
id love to hear your story… how has childhood cancer affected your life?
until next time…
in 2017… honestly who knows… i will always be honored to capturing day in the life images of children with cancer. i feel it is an amazing way for people to see that children with cancer aren’t just cute kids with bald heads and smiles. (although they are super cute and smile so much more than you think they would) i also loved making young high school girls feel just a little more beautiful and making them a part of something amazing. in 2017 i hope whatever i do it will help spread the word in a big way that will actually make a difference.
for now i want to ask you to do something… do some research maybe here or here, spread the news, support a local family that has a child with cancer, maybe even share this blog on social media or pin one of the images above with a detail about childhood cancer. childhood cancer is not rare and it needs more than 4% of research funding!
(spelling and grammar can not be held against me… true story)
September 20, 2016