Many of you have children, I have two. I watch them grow a little everyday and quietly celebrate after they go to bed with a glass of wine and sometimes m&m’s. Each and every day I try to make sure they know I love them and can feel that love from me, I probably fall short of that goal every once in a while. I take for granted that they will be here, day in and out and that they for the most part are almost invincible. Yes, they need protection from getting hurt or wandering off but overall I’m confident everyday that they are healthy little people that will continue to thrive and grow.
The unfortunate truth is that this isn’t always the case, kids get sick. Not the sick that warrants a few hugs and rest, really sick. This is the case with McKinley Moore. She’s a sweet, bright, happy and energetic two year old. Her parents are wonderful people that care for their children and just like the rest of us they were doing the everyday stuff and then one day the news hit, like a bomb, Leukemia. I can’t imagine the feeling because it wasn’t my story but I can imagine the heartbreak of knowing what’s ahead and the confusion on how this could be happening to their sweet baby. Every parent can understand the desire to want the best for your kids, happiness and health. This type of news would break even the strongest of us down.
To say that the emotional storm was the only impact would be untrue. The financial hardships on a family in this situation can be astronomical. Luckily the outpouring of support has been phenomenal. Friends and family have gathered to do what they can in whatever capacity they have resources for. There is a #LoveMcKinley Go Fund Me account, a Facebook page and several fundraisers happening too.
All this said, I am a photographer. I take photos of people, their kids, families and events all the time. I wanted to help. I set aside a weekend to do Mini’s for McKinley, a sweep of mini sessions that will go to helping the Moore family in whatever way they need. It’s not a lot and I realize this but it was my way to reach out and do something for these people who I care so much about. It was my way to say that I am in the fight with them and I support them and send my love and prayers everyday.
Below are the images from the event, which was a success because of the many families touched by McKinley’s story who wanted to put their hearts into helping too. I sincerely hope you enjoy all these little smiling faces and that you spend each day with your own little people getting every hug and every ounce of love you can. A special thanks to all that have contributed and continue to support the Moore family.
Lots of Smiles,