I believe that fundamentally, there are two kinds of people in this world. People who are dreamers, they dream of a better world, they try and make a difference or play a part into creating this world and actively pursue their dreams and then there are those who are all talk but no action. Those who talk about doing all these things but let life pass them by as they are consumed by work, bills, and “life”. Alex belongs to the first group of people and watching him continue to work to make life enjoyable and memorable for children fighting against cancer is definitely extraordinary. That was why when I was asked to do help him with this project, I couldn’t refuse.
Over the last two years, he has been growing out his hair in support of the Kids Cancer Care and that journey is soon coming to an end. He will be cutting his ‘fro and donating it to hopefully create a wig while the money will be given to help further the research to find a cure. Cancer is a terrible disease that has no preference of who someone is or how long they’ve had on this planet. I can’t imagine how hard it must be not only for those suffering through it but also their loved ones that have to be strong for them when they can’t be strong for themselves. It is even more heartbreaking when it is a child that has to go through this battle. Maybe its because some of them have barely experienced this life and they have every right to experience it to the fullest or the fact that they are still so innocent to know more than just hospital walls, doctor appointments, treatments, and etc.
Thankfully, most of us may never see a loved one go through that or may never have to face it our selves. That being said, it doesn’t cost much to stretch a hand out and let those fighting this battle that they are not alone. That the days that they are tired of the treatments, the restrictions, the hospital rooms and doctor’s appointments –we’ve got their back. Parents/grandparents/guardians won’t have to worry about grocery shopping, what’s for dinner, buying gas, paying rent, and etc. Hashtags are great and they create an awareness of all these various illnesses or diseases that exist but sometimes more needs to be done instead of just sharing a post or liking a picture. We all have the opportunity to make a difference, the opportunity to create a world where children are able to live to the fullest and not worry about the grim side that their life has been a part of for so long. If you are unsure on what to do, look around in your community, I am sure that there are various organizations that you can volunteer a couple hours a week that help support either cancer patients or their families. If you are not able to spend a couple hours a week volunteering, donating is always an option. There are countless of organizations that are dedicated to helping those with cancer. Do your research first and find one that’s close to your heart.
For all of you interested in helping Alex reach his goal, feel free to click the link below:
That being said, here are a couple pictures from the portrait session we had.