I was contacted last October by Super Sam, an organization to help families who are impacted by childhood cancer. They asked me to photograph Gabriel and his family, who were staying at the Hotel del Coronado for a few days, going to the San Diego Zoo, and enjoying the beach. Gabriel was an enthusiastic little guy, energetic and seemingly-healthy, but his dad shared about his long battle with leukemia and that Gabriel’s options had been exhausted. Sadly, Gabriel passed away this month, just three years and one day after his diagnosis. His Facebook page, “Fight on with Gabriel,” celebrates his life. Although Gabriel is now in the arms of Jesus, his fight continues as his parents and friends join with so many other families affected by childhood cancer, working toward increased funding for research in this area. Of all the money spent on cancer research in the United States, only 4% is spent on childhood cancers. I know Gabriel’s family and many others would appreciate our prayers and our consideration of non-profits like Super Sam, funding research for childhood cancer.
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