I became a Volunteer Photographer for the Gold Hope Project a couple of years ago. My first photoshoot was with a young boy named Dylan who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2014. He was treated successfully and had his last dose of chemo in October 2017.
While we are on this earth, we should do what we can to use our God-given gifts to make this world a better place. I am not rich, I'm not a doctor; I'm "just a photographer". However, I like to think that my gift of photography can help families create memories that will carry them through when the days of pain seem endless and there is no comfort in sight.
I'm sharing this particular photo because I love how Dylan's younger twin is looking at him, while their younger brother is running behind. Dylan is just running along with his makeshift super cape (a gold cloth that I found at a thrift store). His tongue is sticking out (how cute!) but most importantly, there is no indication that he has cancer. How wonderful is that?
My favorite part of this session was meeting Dylan and his family. Seeing them together proved that no matter what, cancer can't take away the most important thing of all - love for those closest and dearest to you.
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Claire Toney is a volunteer photographer for The Gold Hope Project, Magic Hour, and Red Thread Sessions. She lives in Northern California with her husband, 2 kids, and 2 cute little dogs. To book a session, please send her a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact her at (916) 769-5482.