Ava is a sweet little girl dealing with an unimaginable situation. Last December, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor called Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG tumors are extremely rare and very aggressive. Due to their location, they cannot be removed, and while standard treatments like radiation may help in the short term, the tumor eventually grows back. 90% of children with DIPG lose their fight to this disease within one year of their diagnosis. The remainder lose theirs within three years. Ava’s mom wrote a lovely blog post a while back about the gift of photography.
A few months ago, Ava and her family traveled to Arizona from Texas so that Ava could be part of a clinical trial. Unfortunately, Ava’s tumor has continued to grow, and she is now out of the trial. This is where you come in! We need help to get Ava and her family back home to Texas and to help offset some of the astronomical costs that come with this kind of devastating illness. Morgan Kervin Photography and Rachel Brenke Photography have teamed up to host a Love for Ava Auction. There are over $7,000 in donated goods and services, including two items from yours truly. Head on over to the auction, check out the items, and bid on something! There’s everything from art, jewelry, cupcakes, photo sessions, to photography goodies like props and mentoring up for grabs. Additionally, you can donate directly to the family through this link. 100% of the donations made through the link and the proceeds from the auction will go directly to Ava and her family.
I have two items up for grabs in the auction. The first item is either a fine art print (either a matted 8×10 or an unmatted 11×14 – winner’s choice) of this image:
The second item is a biggie – a full session for up to five people with a disc of digital images:
So, head on over to the auction page, check out all of the great stuff up for grabs, and, if you can, help out this sweet sweet girl and her family.