Recently a group of students had the opportunity to explore their photography skills and give hope and happiness to families affected by cancer in the community.
Early in the summer of 2017, Mrs. Jenna Hixson’s life “was turned upside down” when she received the news that she had cancer. Awaiting treatment, there was one thing she needed: A family portrait.
“These photos will always hold a special place in my heart,” Mrs. Hixson said. ”They gave me the peace of mind of knowing that my toddler son Reed would always have these.”
A few months later of that year, on Sept. 20, Mrs. Hixson received a call that her surgery had been a major success and her oncologist was able to remove her tumor and all the surrounding cancer.
“After hearing this life changing news, there was one thing I needed,” said Mrs. Hixson. “A family portrait. These photos will always serve as a reminder that I survived cancer.”
Mrs. Hixson said that she is certain that she is not the only cancer patient that felt/feels the need to have family photographs during that time.
“I know that profesional, outdoor photographs are expensive and so is having cancer,” said Mrs. Hixson. ”I also know that many teenagers enjoy and are skilled at taking photographs.”
Mrs. Hixson came up with the idea of taking photographs of families in the community who have been impacted by cancer. The photographs were later sent out to all the families who participated.
“I think that it gave hope to people,” said Mrs. Hixson. “And it showed people that they are never alone in their battle against cancer.”
A total of 20 families, 103 people impacted by cancer, had pictures taken by a group of students who came together for various reasons.
“I hope that these students will always remember this day,” said Mrs. Hixson, “and what they did for so many people who needed love, hope and healing.”
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