For several children in our area battling cancer, Saturday, Oct. 6 was a day to forget their worries and celebrate their strength as Adair photography teamed up with the 24 Hours in the Canyon Childhood Cancer Survivorship Center for their second annual superhero photo shoot.
“We’ve kind of made it our normal lives as much as possible,” said Ashley Martinez, the mother of childhood cancer survivor, Braelyn. “To her, this is kind of normal. She kind of knows what we’re gonna do when we go to the doctors and everything like that.”
After arriving in a stretch limo and walking the red carpet, it was time for the tiny superheroes to pose for the camera.
“I mean, today makes them feel like superheroes,” Liz Gray, Owner and Photographer of Adair Photography, said. “They don’t have to worry about being sick or their cancer or anything like that and that’s why we do it. So, I love having them pose. I even ask them for poses. They love it.”
For the parents of two-and-a-half-year-old Braelyn, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last November, it represents a community who has rallied around them with support and affirmation.
“It means a lot to us,” said Israel Rodriguez, Braelyn’s dad. “Like I said, it makes us not feel like, alone, you know. It kind of makes us feel like we’re fighting you know, all of this with everybody’s support.”
No detail was overlooked as each child sat down for hair and makeup before having their photos taken.
“I think by doing this, it really allows the parents to feel like their child is normal, you know like there’s nothing wrong with them right now…when I turn around and I see the emotion in the parents’ eyes…” Gray added.
While kids live out their superhero dreams for a day, all costs are covered by the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Center.
“It really shows you that there’s a lot of really good people in this world and I think that’s the thing that’s really helped us a lot,” said Martinez.
Adair Photography is set to host a reveal party in the near future to showcase the superhero photos taken during the shoot and show the survivors of childhood cancer how strong they really are.
Gray said if families who missed the event would like to participate in the future, they can contact the 24 Hours in the Canyon Survivorship Center.