No One Fights Alone | The Young Family | Keller Family Photographer

No one fights alone. Thats a powerful sentiment and one that is incredibly true for the Young Family.  I want to share an short story.  I “met” Alicia online, through a couple Facebook groups created for local moms; her neighborhood is right across the street from mine.  I think we really go to know each other through a group that was founded for moms of babies born within a similar time frame.  Many of our babies are now toddlers but we still find that group as a great place for support.  One day, amongst a news feed filled with breastfeeding questions, sleepless rants and photos of questionable rashes, Alicia posted the most gut wrenching post I have ever read.  Mike, her husband, has lung cancer.  An abrupt and unexpected diagnosis.  He is 33, a non smoker, no family history and otherwise healthy.  Stage 4.

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I choked back tears staring at my monitor.  Alicia and I are online friends, I don’t know her well, but she is my friend.  And the words she just typed broke my heart.  2 young girls 4 and 18 months, or close to it.  This is almost the exact age of my children, Mike is my age.  I cannot process this information that has entered into my brain.  I wanted to help, I wanted to do something.  Of course I could bring food, or offer to babysit.  But I wanted to do something different, something more.  Those things are all so appreciated I know, but I have something of a different value.  I can stop time. So I approached her to offer them a family photo session.  I struggled with how to do this as I didn’t want this to sound morbid.  Of course these images are timeless and priceless, but my goal was not to assume the worst, but to show the strength of their family.  To show the girls how strong and loving their dad is, to show Mike what he is fighting for.  I wanted these images to mean something.

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So my goal for this session was not only to give them beautiful images, but to create beautiful memories.  I will be the first to admit that family photos are a bit like visiting the dentist.  Nobody likes to, but you do it because you “have” to.  I do the best I can to make this a fun a memorable experience; I mean its not Disneyworld fun, but its better than pulling teeth.  So, to make this experience a little less painful, I coordinated and brought all the girls outfits and arranged professional hair and makeup from Kiss and Makeup.  This is a service I offer all my clients; styling and professional hair and makeup.  LRP-young-40

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This is the story of their lives.  They are strong, they are powerful and they stand together.  The most recent update is that Mike is responding very well to treatment.  He is fighting, and has the support to do it. I am flabbergasted by the strength this family has shown.  They are so strong and so amazing, I am so glad I met them.  LRP-young-10

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I wanted to do more than just gift them images that they may or may not have time to print.  You guys know, I am a broken record when it comes to prints your photos.  I am a product based photographer, I believe in printed products and getting the most enjoyment out of your images.  And I don’t believe that happens when I hand over a disk. What really happens is you print a couple for a gift, then stick it in a drawer.  Then you forget where you put it, or your new computer doesn’t take CD’s or its corrupt or countless other reasons, but it rarely gets printed.  So I didn’t want to do them the disservice of handing them images.  So I reached out to our Facebook group.  Together we were able to buy them a beautiful 20×30 canvas, a Little Black Book and a special locket for Alicia.  And of course, they received the digitals to share with there family and friends.

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They have truly touched my life, and I am closely following their journey. We are routing for you Mike, no one fights alone.

Lindsey