In the fall, Ciaran and Shay had the opportunity to be photographed by an amazing local photographer Kathryn Lymburner (www.photkat.ca) for an inspirational program called the "The Littlest Hero Project". I have copied and pasted a description of the program as it is one that many families can benefit from!
I too will share a snap shot of some of the pics taken by Kathryn during the photo shoot. She did such an unbelievable job of catching on film the essence of Ciaran and Shay's unbelievable spirits. We felt so blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a warm and caring professional.
Inspiration Through Art (formerly The Littlest Heroes Project) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to give back, and make a difference through the beauty of art. We are artists with a passion for giving and inspiring others. Through our own artistic talents we are able to come together as one, to let children around the world know that they are loved,despite the challenges they face everyday.
Inspiration Through Art was founded in January 2008 by Felicia Reinhard, made up of professional photographers, artists, children, and other volunteers nationwide that provide free programs and services to our nations heroes. Through the power of photography and the gift of art we are giving back and taking a stand for these children who sometimes feel forgotten because of their illnesses. We are here to let them know that they are heroes to many, and to share their inspirational stories and photos with the world.
If you have a child, or know a child, who suffers from any type of serious illness or life altering disability we are here to help. Inspiration Through Art provides our special heroes with complimentary photo shoots, special cards and mail, gift packages, and various other programs, events, and fundraisers.
Our mission at Inspiration Through Art is to help provide and capture memories for families who are dealing with hectic schedules due to having a child who is suffering from a serious illness or life altering disability. We are here to offer emotional support through the beauty and expression art has to offer, as a way of healing and coping. We understand that in the midst of being thrown a diagnosis and having to switch from a “normal” life to a life that is totally different, and often scary, things like getting photos taken is sometimes a huge challenge and is one of the last things families are thinking about. But when everything is done, and either the child has reached the end of their battle, or has proven the odds against it many wish they had more time to stop, and capture the journey that they lived through for so long. Through Inspiration Through Art- our photographers and volunteers understand each and every case, and cater it to fit and honor each child and family. Our photographers are on hand to travel to homes, hospitals, clinics, fundraisers, and benefits to help capture your child’s journey in a “Day in the life” sort of style and work personally one on one with your child and entire family to get those special family photos and moments that you can cherish for years to come.
And now....a little snapshot of our photo session....
Thanks again Kathryn for sharing your gifts so freely and kindly with our family!
Over the last few months we have continued to work hard with Ciaran to get him on his feet and walking on his own. We can't say that he is there yet however the following video from yesterday (Dec 6, 2010) speaks for itself. Its a major leap forward in Ciaran's progress... Thanks for watching.