I cannot believe it has been a year since we shared this organization with the world. So much has changed in that year and I’m eager to see what the next year brings.
I am constantly asked, “So how is a little rae of hope going? Are you keeping busy?” And I usually ramble on about how well it is going and how we are expanding our photographer base. That we are currently in 14 states with 26 photographers. But here is what I really want to say:
I don’t want to be “busy” with this organization. I hope this organization never grows. I wish it would stay just as it is now. I pray that we never take photos for another family.
I can tell you that I obsessively check my e-mail. You know that little red notification that lingers on your phone when you have unread mail? Yeah, I don’t have one of those! I check my e-mail a million times a day. Every time I click that envelope on my phone I say a little prayer that it’s not a new session request. My heart aches with every single one we get. I cry with each story. I’m immediately attached to every family.
Honestly, I do! Why?
Because I wish that our organization wasn’t necessary. I wish that families like Leah’s didn’t need their last family photos taken. But the truth is, it will continue. We will continue to get pleas from families to take their photos before their loved one passes away. We will get families that want photos taken before their mom loses all of her hair to chemo. We will continue to grow across the U.S. because every day people are diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. And each time we get those pleas, we will do everything in our power to provide photos for those families. I know how priceless those images are and how powerful they can be to get families through tough times.
So a year in, here are our needs:
– Continue to pray for the families that you see featured on our blog. Many of them are still fighting and could use the power of prayer on their journey.
– Share this page. Share our story. Tell people about us. We cannot help families if they don’t know that our services are available.
– Share this page with your family photographer or photographers in your area. We cannot help families if we do not have photographers in their area. We can NEVER have enough photographers!! I especially hope to grow our photographer base locally in Indianapolis so that we can provide sessions for more families at Riley Children’s Hospital and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
**Photographers, please note that we have made some changes in our requirements since first launching that may help you become part of our team.**
– Consider donating monetarily. All donations are tax deductible and no amount is too small. We are 100% volunteer run, including our photographers. However, each family receives a beautiful professional press printed album and a USB of their images. It costs roughly $100 for each family to receive their gifts.