The Gold Hope Project

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I’m proud to announce that Leah Renee Photography is now an official Gold Hope Project photographer, and currently the only Northern Michigan photographer. I am so excited to possibly have the opportunity to work with a little fighter and their family. Check out the site to see more about the project.

Purpose

The Gold Hope Project is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Gold Hope Project is a group of international photographers that have come together to photograph families completely free, with the hopes of bringing about awareness of and raise funds for Pediatric Oncology Research and treatment.These purposes include:* Photographing families of children 21 and under, who lost their battles and share their stories.

* Educating communities in which we live about Pediatric Cancer

* Support, Encourage and raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Research

* Resources for families who are facing a recent diagnosis

* Support community of other families who are facing similar Cancer diagnosis

* To photograph any child 21 and under with a current or past cancer diagnosis. They can be at any stages of treatment or be a childhood survivor.

More precious than the gold that represents them, children are our future. This year alone, approximately 13,500 parents will have to listen to a doctor tell them, “Your child has cancer.”  Can you imagine?

There are twelve major types of childhood cancers. From there, they are broken down into three groups.

  • Leukemia (cancer of the blood)
  • Lymphoma (cancer of the immune system)
  • Solid tumor (cancer in bones, organs, or tissue)

While the survival rate has increased over the past 40 years from 10% to nearly 80%, the number of children diagnosed increases slightly each year. And, while there have been many medical advances in the field of cancer research, treatment of pediatric cancer is still very aggressive and can have many lasting side effects. Some pediatric brain tumors, such as brain stem gliomas, are terminal upon diagnosis and no new protocols have been developed in 30 years. Despite the astonishing number of children being treated each year (approximately 40,000), funding for the research and implementation of better treatment remains largely underfunded.

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