When my daughter Emma was two and a half years old, she had her first seizure. You can read more about it here, but to sum up – she was diagnosed with epilepsy as a small child but has since grown out of it. It was some of the scariest times of my life, and the lovely people at the Alberta Children’s Hospital made such a huge impact on me. They had limitless patience and unending kindness. When I felt we were out of the woods and her health wasn’t an all-consuming thought, I contacted the hospital to offer my photography services for anything they should need.
I’m so grateful that the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation took me up on my offer. Since 2010, I’ve been photographing the most amazing kids at the hospital. The foundation uses real kids, real success stories from the Alberta Children’s Hospital. I can’t even begin to describe the joy and magic these children have brought into my life. These little people are some of the toughest on the planet. They’ve been through so much, at such young ages – but they continue to smile, to laugh, to help the hospital by sharing their stories. The women that work for the foundation are some of the kindest, funniest, bravest people you could ever hope to meet. They spend their days raising the funds that make it possible for these kids to be success stories. I feel passionate about a few different charities but this cause is so near and dear to my heart., it’s so fulfilling to me to be able to help year after year.
If you would like to help, you can visit their How To Help page for more information. Another way I’ve found to donate is through ChangeIt, which is a pretty cool service that rounds up your purchases and donates the change to the charity of your choice. It’s so painless, you never notice the money gone but it can really add up to help your favourite organization!