Sunday was “World Cancer Day”. I have to say, I don’t particularly like the name. Seems celebratory to me and that is the last thing I want for cancer. Even adding the word awareness to might not seem so bad…
But for this kiddo and his family, they do have a lot to celebrate! In September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I had the honor of photographing this little Superman and his incredible parents with a Magic Hour Foundation session.
I first met JJ and his parents three or four years ago at a former job. He was 18 months or so at the time and in the midst of fighting for life against neuroblastoma. I got to know his parents through my work occasionally on his inpatient unit and I photographed him on occasion as well. One of my favorite photos of all times was a photo of him wearing his superman pajamas playing on the floor in his hospital room (posted below with permission). Superman — that’s what JJ was — Superman. What this child, and so many children with cancer, has endured is both heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.
Fast forward… this incredible kid started kindergarten this year and has no evidence of disease.
I kept up with JJ’s mom on social media but hadn’t actually seen them in years. It was so great to see them and create some new happy memories and photo art for them!