Yesterday we had the privilege of photographing Izzy and her family. We’ve known this family since 2004 when we photographed their wedding and we’ve also done portraits of their family multiple times. Yesterday, Cheridy and I photographed their family again but the circumstances are not as joyful as the past few times we’ve worked with them. Izzy was born with a congenital heart defect and she has now reached the end of where science and medicine can help her so she is home on hospice care. This is every parents worst nightmare. When we went to photograph at the house yesterday, it looked like we might have to do the whole photo shoot in Izzy’s bedroom because she wasn’t up for getting out of bed yesterday. However, with some coaxing from her dad, she made it out and was feeling up to a photo shoot. She then turned on the charm! One of her favorite things is writing so we got a photo of her doing what she loves. When we looked to see what she was writing she wrote “Getting my pictures taken. I’m a star!” That’s so awesome!! Their family is doing a fundraiser for the Children’s Heart Foundation of Michigan called ice cream for Izzy. When you have ice cream with your family, please consider putting in some extra money into a jar and then donate your collection on Saturday August 6th. Here is the info: Take the pledge today to think of Izzy and all of the kids (and adults) who were born with CHD each time you eat ice cream this summer. Then donate a quarter, a nickel, a dollar, ten dollars for each frozen treat. Keep a jar in your kitchen or keep a tally (ice cream stickers are a fun way to track). Izzy’s Ice Cream Challenge officially runs this year from Saturday, June 4 through Saturday, August 6, 2016. The event culminates at Izzy’s Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 6, 2016 (details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1047741958650078/). You can bring your money to the social or mail it the Children’s Heart Foundation-Michigan Chapter, PO Box 1808, Troy, MI 48099 by that day, or donate at the provided link http://weblink.donorperfect.com/2016Izzysicecream. For every $40 raised, Izzy’s Ice Cream Challenge will send you an Izzy-designed car magnet and button that says: I ate ice cream for Izzy! Funding CHD research. All proceeds go to the Children’s Heart Foundation-Michigan Chapter.’
A special thank you to this wonderful and loving family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.