A little over a year ago, my world was brightened because I had the joy of meeting 4-year-old Brennan and his parents. His family had temporarily relocated from Bermuda to Boston Children’s Hospital and the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and we took family photos to remember that chapter in Brennan’s treatment.
Although I knew Brennan was battling leukemia, it was easy to forget he was sick while I was photographing him because he’s such a curious, funny, kind kiddo…and a bookworm and a Red Sox fan, too! I only spent a couple of hours with Brennan, but I was so inspired by him and by his parents, who set an incredible example for Brennan by rolling with the punches and continuing to keep laughter in their lives. They’re just an all-around awesome family.
I didn’t think I could admire this family any more…until I found out that Brennan’s mom, Denise, is getting ready to shave her head in order to raise money for childhood cancer research. At the time of writing this post, she has already raised a mind-boggling $64,000. Incredible!!!
With just over a week left to go, Team Brennan still has another $36k left to reach their fundraising goal of $100k. Will you join me in doing my small part to help them reach that goal?
Through March 10th, Kate L Photography will be matching donations for Team Brennan. Please forward your donation confirmation email to kate@kateLphotography.com so I can match it!
ETA 4/11/18: I’m thrilled to share that together, we raised $600 — and Team Brennan raised $140K in total! Such an incredible turnout, and I’m grateful to everyone who chipped in! xoxo
I’ll let Denise tell you a little bit more:
“On Thursday April 14th, 2016 our 3 year old son Brennan was diagnosed with high-risk B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Twelve hours later, we were airlifted from Bermuda to Boston Children’s Hospital and within hours of arrival, Brennan started chemotherapy.
The 22 hours from diagnoses to first treatment started a journey that continues for our family. Brennan is in remission and has completed 21 of 26 months of chemotherapy to keep him in remission.
An early, clear memory in the Emergency Room in Boston, in the haze of our worry, confusion, and sadness, was the informed consent process. The doctor took out a 3-ring binder and began reviewing the stacks of informed consents. He needed to educate us and get our approval on the benefits, risks and side effects of the medication and treatments that were needed to save Brennan’s life. We quickly learned that the very treatment meant to save Brennan could harm him in the future.
This was the first time that I gave serious thought to childhood cancer research.
Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. 1 out of 5 children will not survive.
I am proud of Brennan’s bravery with all that he continues to endure, without complaint. I am amazed by his ability to articulate to his clinical team with poise and maturity. I am grateful that he is my HERO.
As a family, we continue to be humbled by the never ending love, support and generosity of family, friends, colleagues, clinicians and even those we have not met. We are always asked, ‘what can I do to help?’ and now we have a clear answer.
We are supporting St. Baldrick’s Foundation and ask for you to join us in conquering childhood cancer. On Saturday March 10th, I will be SHAVING MY HEAD in Bermuda to raise awareness and funds to develop effective and less toxic treatments and cures for childhood cancer. Shockingly, only 4% of national cancer funding is dedicated to childhood cancer research, so St. Baldrick’s mission is to fill the funding gap. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is dedicated exclusively to childhood cancer research and has raised $232million since 2005.”