Kade the Fighter | Giving back

I am so thankful to have met this family – what an incredible bond they have, no matter how anyone is feeling, that will always shine through!

Just before Christmas I created a post about giving back, it wasn’t long before I received a few messages of Kade and his family

What I do not talk about that often is how I feel about a photo session.  Of course the actual images are the goal, but it’s what happens during the session which means so much for me.   It’s one thing to be in the same room with friends/family – but it’s something entirely different when it’s meaningful time.  This is what I love about all my sessions.  An opportunity to forget about life, it’s journey and where it might be leading you – and simply be in the moment with the ones you love.

I arrived at Canuck Place on a snowy morning early this month.  It was just after lunch and I was walked up to the Carmanah room.  This is were Kade has spent the past several weeks doing all he can to battle this terrible disease.  I walked in to a typical Saturday scene with family… lounging around watching Kung-fu Panada II 🙂  What I loved was the stories I’m told of his cats living with him and the family dog coming for visits.  I think it is fantastic that animals are welcome to stay with the kids of the house!

We managed to get everyone dressed and headed downstairs to capture a few images.  It took a little time for Kade to feel comfortable and relax, to simply enjoy the time with his family and forget that there were ‘pictures’ being done… those dreaded pictures 😉  But once he did, I was so excited with the energy that everyone had!

There hasn’t been a day that goes by that I don’t think of this family and the tremendous struggle they are going through.  I heard recently that Kade was able to go home for a few days!!!  I can only hope that could someday be a permanent residence for him once again!  My thoughts are with you all!

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