I was recently honored once again to create portraits of 24 children from Oregon and SW Washington, who are battling life-threatening illness or injury. These kids were nominated by local hospitals, and then selected to become Children’s Cancer Association Community Heroes for 2013. Each child has a unique circumstance and personality, but they all demonstrate a special spirit and grace that inspires others.
Earlier this week I attended the unveiling the 2013 “Wall of Courage” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), which will travel around Oregon as a year-long exhibit to inspire others to get involved with kids and their families.
CCA tailors opportunities and programs to support kids, teens and their families as they face the realities of isolation, hospitalization, and a limited ability to participate in school activities, clubs, sports, etc. The programs range from the Chemo Pal Mentor … Read More »
A little time travel with some World War II aces – 70 years in the blink of an eye
In a post earlier this year, I wrote about photographing the 2012 Heroes of the Childrens Cancer Association. One quality that made these little Buddhas heroes was that they did not seem to grieve for a future they may or may not have. I didn’t sense any obvious bitterness for their lives to-date, but instead felt a serene joy of being in the moment – in living each day as it comes.
As impressive as they all were, I could easily rationalize this “live now” attitude as being the essence of childhood – until the next round of heroes I met:
This project, possibly still underway, has been to photograph American World War II aces for an author in the UK who’s working on … Read More »
One of my most rewarding projects ever has been to photograph 22 of the 25 children who are Childrens Cancer Association’s 2012 Community Heroes, an exceptional group of children and teens who represent the thousands who battle life-threatening illnesses with strength and grace. The Heroes reside in Oregon and SW Washington, and were nominated by local hospital staff and families. A selection committee chose the final 25 heroes, and the process led to the unveiling of a “Wall of Courage” which will travel around Oregon to inspire others to get involved and help bring “JoyRx” to local kiddos and their families.
The 2012 Wall of Courage was unveiled May 23rd at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland. Family, friends, and community leaders were in attendance for the celebration, and it was so great to see … Read More »
I’ve contributed images for the past couple of years to Portland Afoot, Michael Anderson’s printed news magazine and online guide to the low-car life in Portland Oregon.