I am excited to be posting this blog featuring the lovely Andrew family. I have worked with this family many times now, and I just adore them. This shoot was extra special, as little 3 year old V has been undergoing the fight of her life. On December 19, 2014, at just two and a half years old, Vera was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, a rare form of pediatric kidney cancer. While playing one afternoon, she suddenly screamed out in pain and started vomiting. Upon visiting the emergency room, doctors determined that her cancerous kidney had burst. Her treatment has included the removal of her kidney, followed by 8 days of radiation and 6 months of chemotherapy. She is nearing the end of her treatment and has fortunately had 2 clean scans in recent months. These scans have proven to be the most terrifying part of this process – the anticipation and importance of a clean scan have been beyond what this family could have possibly imagined. Vera’s upcoming scans in July are really important because they will be her first post-treatment scans.

Vera’s poor little body has been through the ringer, but she is a fighter! Her superhero cape is well deserved and I just know she will kick cancer’s booty! You can support this family’s fight by purchasing the stylish broaches featured throughout this blog by going to the following website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtForVera. You can also keep up to date on Vera’s treatment by visiting her Caring Bridge website at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/verajane/journal/view/id/5539558c8b5cd3685e1e11f0.

Stay strong, Team Vera! We will continue sending you our prayers and positive thoughts for clean scans this summer. I know you will give cancer the a#$ kicking it deserves!

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