The Gold Hope Project
I am honored to have been recently selected as one of Montana’s photographers for The Gold Hope Project. Dedicated to raising awareness in the fight against childhood cancer, The Gold Hope Project is an organization of 500 photographers worldwide who provide free photo sessions to families who have been or are affected by childhood cancer. These photographers can be located in a directory on the Gold Hope Project website. If you know someone who has a child who currently has cancer or has had cancer and is interested in a session, please tell them about the project. They can apply for a session through the website at www.goldhopeproject.com, and the organization will send them a list of photographers in their area. Simply click on the yellow website link at the bottom of this page, then go to Fighters, then Apply.
The following information is quoted in its entirety from The Gold Hope Project Website, to help you understand more about the purpose of the project.
“The Gold Hope Project is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Gold Hope Project is a group of international photographers that have come together to photograph families completely free, with the hopes of bringing about awareness of and raise funds for Pediatric Oncology Research and treatment.These purposes include:* Photographing families of children 21 and under, who lost their battles and share their stories.* Educating communities in which we live about Pediatric Cancer* Support, Encourage and raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Research * Resources for families who are facing a recent diagnosis
Support community of other families who are facing similar Cancer diagnosis
To photograph any child 21 and under with a current or past cancer diagnosis. They can be at any stages of treatment or be a childhood survivor.
More precious than the gold that represents them, children are our future. This year alone, approximately 13,500 parents will have to listen to a doctor tell them, “Your child has cancer.” Can you imagine?
There are twelve major types of childhood cancers. From there, they are broken down into three groups.
Leukemia (cancer of the blood) Lymphoma (cancer of the immune system) Solid tumor (cancer in bones, organs, or tissue) While the survival rate has increased over the past 40 years from 10% to nearly 80%, the number of children diagnosed increases slightly each year. And, while there have been many medical advances in the field of cancer research, treatment of pediatric cancer is still very aggressive and can have many lasting side effects. Some pediatric brain tumors, such as brain stem gliomas, are terminal upon diagnosis and no new protocols have been developed in 30 years. Despite the astonishing number of children being treated each year (approximately 40,000), funding for the research and implementation of better treatment remains largely underfunded.”