What is SMA?
Inspiring change through engagement
HOW IT STARTED
I was photographing a fundraising event for Make-A-Wish. There was a woman in her early 30’s who had her wish granted when she was 14. She grew up in Miami Beach, and her wish was to go snow skiing. She’d never felt snow, never seen it in person, but that was her wish. The family stayed in a cabin halfway down the mountain and they’d ski out in the morning and ski in at night. For that week, she wasn’t sick. She was so distracted by doing something fun that she didn’t have time to think about the battle with her health.
About that same time, a friend of mine on Facebook posted an edited photo of his son dressed as a superhero doing superhero things. His son wasn’t battling an illness, it was just a really cool photo he edited, but it made me wonder… What if we could do something like that for kids battling cancer? What if we could distract them for 15-20 minutes during a cool photo session? What if the parents were also distracted, and were able to just watch their kid be a kid for a change, instead of their child battling a terrible disease?