This Friday, November 7th, I will be participating in a great fundraiser for an amazing young lady named Kristen. On Christmas Day 2006, Kristen’s mom had to take her to the hospital because she was having trouble breathing. The doctors told Kristen and her mom that she had cancer. She was just 10 years old. Today she is about to turn 12 years old, and after a long battle, she is officially CANCER FREE! Right now she still has to go to the hospital so they can check her progress, and she has one month until she’s finished with chemo.
Last year, I photographed a Photo Story about Kristen for one of my class projects. I was so touched by her strength in the face of such a terrible disease. She is truly an inspiration.
Now, here’s how you can help! There is a Family Fun Night fundraiser this Friday for Kristen. All of the proceeds will go in a fund that is helping Kristen’s family pay for any medical bills that aren’t covered by insurance. Being sick is a big financial burden on a family. This fundraiser will help Kristen’s family focus on her getting better instead of worrying about bills!
The fund raiser will be in the gym of Trinity Assembly church in Fruitland Park. So all of my Lake County clients, come on out! There will be games and food and all kinds of fun for your family. It starts at 4:00 pm and runs until around 8:00 pm. I’ll be setting up a “photo booth” where families can get their pictures taken and order prints. All proceeds go to Kristen’s medical expenses.
If you can’t make it, but you’d like to make a donation, please let me know! I can give you instructions on how to do that.
If you have any questions at all, email me HeidiMitchell@earthlink.net
I hope to see some of you there. Kristen’s family has been able to make it this far because of the help of their community.
Here’s a photo I did of Kristen about a year ago. This is at Arnold Palmer while she is receiving a chemo treatment.
Here’s a more recent picture that I swiped from her blog. She got a new puppy as a celebration of being cancer free and almost through all of her chemo!