Thursday, April 23, 2009

The story of Paul and Maddie

I absolutely love photo essays.  When you can tell a moving story with just pictures, it can be even more powerful than words.  When you can capture somebody's life, personality, and thoughts into one photo.  I would really like to try and make an effort to try to start telling meaningful stories with my pictures.

Romain has several touching photo essays on his website.  From a bride marrying her true love before dying from cancer to a family struggling to survive in Mexico.  One of the most touching ones though is the story of Paul and Maddie.  

"In October 2005 Maddie, 6, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma.  She went through seven rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and had three ribs removed  because the cancer was in her bones.  Maddie was cancer free after a year of struggle, standing a fifty fifty chance of getting cancer again in the next two years.  Two months later the cancer was back with a vengeance.  Doctors found out cancer had spread through her right lung, her kidney and her liver, giving her a few weeks to live.  Her Father Paul wanted to give her a normal life and help her do everything she wanted in the short time she had left to live.  Maddie had lost her mother a few years earlier."

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