Two families. One incredible story. It began in 2009 when 4-year-old Hayley Hart was diagnosed with leukemia. The Hart family—Hayley, her sister Elle, and parents Lance and Michelle—live in Tallahassee, Florida. After Hayley’s diagnosis, Lance and a group of his friends planned to compete in the Race Across the West, a multi-day bike ride from […]
At just 11-years-old Kevin was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in one of his legs. Following extensive surgery – including a knee replacement and titanium rod being placed in his leg – chemotherapy and nearly a year in a wheelchair, Kevin was declared cancer-free. But the Yang family would quickly discover their battle against cancer had only just begun and learn to lean on the reason for their hope.
In this new blog series, we check in with several of our past Fotolanthropy recipients and their Fotocrew members. In the Fotolanthropy Film “A Gray Faith”, photographer Taylor Lord and cinematographer Claire Huntsberger captured some of the final precious moments for the Heard family, as young father and author Andrew Heard succumbed to his battle with […]
Fotolanthropy Film: Dance In The Rain from Fotolanthropy on Vimeo. We are so excited to share an update on Bayleigh Phillips, the story of a young teenager with an inoperable brain tumor. When the Fotolanthropy team traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to document Bayleigh’s story with photographer Leslie Kerrigan & filmmaker Chris Bartelski, she was a young […]
When Sarah and Trey were told there was only a 0.1% chance of them ever conceiving a child, this young couple wondered if their dreams of having a family would ever come true. When baby William was born in 2013, not only was he celebrated as a miracle, but the faithful timing of this little blessing would become the motivation and inspiration for Trey’s mother Nancy’s battle of her own.
When father and husband Andrew learned his second battle with cancer would be terminal, he didn’t shrink back from sharing his incredible faith in life’s gray areas through his blog and book-writing. As we captured Andrew’s final days with his family at home, we saw just how certainly Andrew’s message and story would live on through his wife Bailey and daughter Ellie.
“I see two mommies and two daddies,” 9-year-old Bayleigh told her parents in 2006. After scans revealed a brain tumor, Bayleigh would begin years of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries at Children’s Hospital in Alabama. Now a high-schooler, see how the winner of our inspiring teen Fotolanthropy Film contest has learned to dance in the rain.
Fred was recovering from a double lung transplant when doctors discovered metastatic melanoma. After learning he had just months to live, and realizing the moments he likely no longer would be around for, Fred wanted to surprise two of his daughters and wife with a special gift to show them just how much he loved them.
Kerri and her family were just about to celebrate her youngest child’s first birthday, when Kerri suddenly lost consciousness and had a seizure. Just days later she was told she had stage 3 brain cancer and only three years to live. But Kerri refused to give up the fight for her family and for her life.
A typical 13-year-old girl may spend her time enjoying shopping, cheerleading and hanging out with her friends. But while Ashton is doing all this she is also undergoing a 20-year chemotherapy treatment program to fight her leukemia.
Settling into life as new parents to daughter Hazel, Clay and Monique’s life took a sudden turn when Clay started experiencing pain in his lower abdomen. Fighting for his life and unable to even hold Hazel in his arms, Clay’s courageous battle with stage 4 lymphoma would make the road ahead unclear and test his faith in an unimaginable way.
In respect for Matthew and Kara, I wanted to wait a while to write all that I have learned through meeting their son baby James for just one hour and the story leading up to Fotolanthopy. They have written inspiring and impactful words that can be found on their blog if you click here jamescamdensikes.blogspot.com I […]