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Race for Hope: Virginia family Photography

This post is very close to my heart and family. It’s so easy to think these things can’t happen to me or my family and for sure…NOT my kids. but they do. everyday. This is a post about a very special family that needs your thoughts and prayers right now and everyday from here on out.

I met Dara before she was even born! I was lucky enough to photograph her stunning mommy and daddy for maternity portraits and even luckier to photograph sweet newborn Dara as well as baby brother Augie. Every time your around the Edwards family you can’t help but fall more in love with them. I consider myself very blessed that I get to watch children like Dara grow up in my own special way. I get to document them through photography. My clients may not know it but I see way more than a photo when I’m looking through my camera lens. I see a daddy falling in love with a baby he hasn’t even met yet and falling even more in love with his wife at the same time just by the way he looks at her as she poses. I see a new mommy look at her baby like she can’t even believe how much she loves someone she only met days ago, I get to watch families like the Edwards be created. It’s so amazing.

So when I heard that Dara was sick it broke my heart. I only see them in happy family moments, I forget that sometimes not everything is picture perfect.

I wanted to help this loving family in every and anyway possible.My husband and 3 daughters will be walking the Race for Hope thinking of Alicia, Bevan, Dara and Augie every step of the way! Join us or donate please! Every dollar or step will help in the Race for Hope to cure brain tumors.

Dara’s Story…

Dara, an otherwise healthy, whip-smart cutie who loves rubber duckies and mastering toddler iPad apps, suddenly began having seizures affecting her right arm and midsection in late October 2010, when she was 21 months old. After an MRI revealed a small 1.5 cm mass in the central parietal lobe, it was successfully resected on November 23. Her family celebrated when they brought her home Thanksgiving Day with no neurological deficits, playing, moving and talking as if there had never been a tumor at all. They thought the scariest part was over, but they would soon learn her journey had just begun.On December 4th, the neuro-oncology team at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. called to tell her parents the devastating news — Dara’s tumor was extremely rare and highly malignant. She has brain cancer.The biopsy revealed a variant type of primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET), known only in recent years as embryonal tumor with abundant neuropil and true rosette formation (ETANTR). While for many years these tumors had been classified as ependymoblastoma, they also share characteristics of neuroblastoma. In the last ten years since the tumor was named, there have been fewer than 50 cases reported worldwide. It appears in children younger than four, and prognosis is poor.Dara’s doctors and her parents share a hope that because Dara’s tumor was diagnosed early, it was very small, and complete resection was acheived, that she has a chance of being cured through aggressive chemotherapy with stem cell rescue, and focal proton radiation therapy, precisely targeted to the location of the tumor. She began chemotherapy treatment in mid-December and continues today.Please come out and support us at this event, as it benefits Dara Edwards and all the others with brain tumors.The Race for Hope – DC presented by Cassidy Turley raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and support services for brain tumor patients and their families. This amazing event relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals, families, teams, volunteers, sponsors and donors. Thank you for your support in helping us find a cure for brain tumors!

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And this photo…I saw on a blog that Alicia has been keeping so family and friends can be updated, it speaks thousands of words to me but yet when I look at it…I’m speechless. I just want to hug them both!
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So….PLEASE visit my page and donate or join us! Even if it’s $5 or just standing on the sidelines to cheer us on!

http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/site/TR?px=2877788&pg=personal&fr_id=1651&et=xOs3IudolfmYDGtOZhizQA..&s_tafId=47104

Thank you!

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