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.
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.