Seattle Gold Hope Project Photographer | Meet Charlie

A few months ago, I joined The Gold Hope Project, which is a group of photographers around the world who provide the gift of photography to families with a child under the age of 21 with a cancer diagnosis. Our mission includes capturing moments each family can hold dear to their hearts, as well as supporting, encouraging, and raising funds for pediatric cancer research.

In the pictures below is a 3 month old named Charlie, who is a Seattle local and quite the little fighter. Charlie has a rare form of leukemia called juvenile myelomonocyctic leukemia or JMML. JMML is caused by a genetic mutation and affects just 1 in every 3 million children. The only treatment is a bone marrow transplant, and at this point in time, Charlie’s prognosis is up in the air. What we do know is that only half of the children with JMML survive.

I photographed Charlie a couple weeks ago. He is an absolutely beautiful little boy, with a gorgeous smile, who is full of so much life and joy.

Charlie attends Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the leading hospitals in the country for children. He has a shunt in his head, he’s on oxygen, and he has to eat from a tube. He has a beautiful family who is doing everything they can to give Charlie the best care possible.

Charlie’s story was recently featured on our local KOMO 4 News by the incredible, Emmy award winning, news anchor Molly Shen. You can watch the video on Komo 4 News‘ website by clicking here.

Keep up the good fight, Charlie. It was a pleasure meeting you, and we are all rooting for you!

Are you interested in helping Charlie and/or following his story? Follow his Facebook page, Prayers for Charlie.

If you know of a child who is fighting cancer or has a prior diagnosis, sign them up to receive the gift of photography. Visit The Gold Hope Project’s website for more information by clicking here.

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David GDecember 17, 2012 - 3:29 pm

What a great thing you’re doing . . . there’s something to be said for paying it forward.

BrianDecember 17, 2012 - 6:57 pm

what a great cause. keep up the good work

Melissa BergDecember 17, 2012 - 9:18 pm

awww I love how you can see his little personality on the right middle image. Too cute!

Tamara CurryDecember 17, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Love his eyes! If it weren’t for his story and the tubes, I’d never have guessed he was fighting such a fight for his life. Only the best for him and his family! <3

LoriDecember 18, 2012 - 3:16 am

What a beautiful baby boy! My prayers are with him and his family this morning. Thank you for sharing your work with this organization. I can only imagine how special these photos are for the families.

Cherilyn HainesDecember 18, 2012 - 6:44 am

I love that you’re involved with this organization. 🙂 This little one is such a cutie. I love his big, beautiful eyes but that sleeping picture is just so darn adorable. My prayers are with his family.

Jennifer BatzDecember 18, 2012 - 8:30 pm

awe, what a precious angel! What a great give you have given the parents

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