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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CLIENT SHOOTS: Helping Hearts - Haydn

I was so excited to photograph my very first session for Helping Hearts this past weekend.

Claire and her family found their way to Helping Hearts through the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada and I had the privilege to photograph Haydn and the rest of the family.

Meet Haydn, who is currently 8 years old. When he was four, he was diagnosed with LCH, a rare cancer affecting 1 in 200,000 children. Haydn had a cancerous tumor on his V6 vertebrae, which could not be removed surgically, however after numerous chemo treatments and steroids it was removed. He wears a neck brace for support and protection because his vertebrae is still very weak, and has not regenerated in the four years since diagnosis.

Haydn is a typical eight year old boy who loves hockey, swimming, video games and playing with his younger brother, and through all of his treatments and hospital visits he is always smiling. His family is so proud of him.

Haydn loves watching wrestling and showed off some of his wrestling poses for me.

He and his younger brother have the typical brother relationship. Lots of kidding around and playing. :) Don't they both have gorgeous eyes!

What a beautiful family (you can see where the boys get their eyes from!)

The toughest part of their journey so far has been having to tell Haydn that he cannot play any kind of contact sport or go on rollercoasters or a waterslide at Wonderland. It breaks their hearts. I can't help but think about how much my 7 year old loves to do all of those thing.

It was so awesome meeting Haydn and his family. I found out that our families like to do some of the same things and we've even been camping to at least one of the same Provincial Campgrounds! :)

Thanks so much Claire for contacting Helping Hearts and inviting me into your home to photograph your amazing son and beautiful family. I hope you liked your sneak peak. :)

Thanks for looking.

-- Lisa P.

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