In the Spirit of Giving Recipient | JLS Photography

Last week I wrote that I would like to give a session to a family who could really use something positive this holiday season.  I received a few responses and although I wish I could do them all, this one stood out over the rest.

I often think about how lucky my family is to have super happy and healthy boys.  I know that isn’t always the case for everyone.

I received submissions twice for this family and here is part of what I received:

“It is with the heaviest heart that I am emailing you this today.  At a time of year filled with giving, friends, family, joy and celebration, my family is going through the unimaginable.

Young 6 year old Kade is losing his battle to an extremely aggressive cancer, Rhabdomysarcoma.  He fought it hard last year, and after a very grim diagnosis, he was declared cancer free last May.   A few weeks ago to the devastation of everyone, we were told his cancer has come back with a vengeance and doctors have exhausted all possible treatment.”

This young man will now live out his days at Canuck Place with his parents by his side.  They have put their entire lives on hold to spend every minute with their precious little boy.  When they were asked if they would appreciate doing a photo session, they were thrilled.  So we are waiting on a ‘good day’ for Kade to do something last minute and hope to have him in good spirits and feeling ok that day.  I can’t imagine having to say goodbye to your child, it is the unimaginable – something I hope that somehow this family will not have to do.

Thank you again to all those who submitted a letter and I wish all the families spend this holiday season together; appreciating one another.


angela As I drive home in the passenger seat from Calgary to Vancouver, my husband Matt asked me to read this post aloud to him. We just celebrated our baby’s first Christmas with his family, and really felt the love and spirit of the season this year. As I read this post, I had to pause as tears choked my words. We are so blessed and thankful for our healthy family. My heart hurts for this family. I can’t even imagine what they must be going through. Here’s to praying for a Christmas miracle for this dear family.December 27, 2011 – 10:42 am

Danielle Sigh.. this gave me goosebumps on top of goosebumps.
This is devastating and breaks my heart. You are about to give them a gift that will remain there favorite for the rest of their lives.. you’re amazing.December 27, 2011 – 10:22 am

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