Cystic Fibrosis is a inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. I got connected with the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation when I photographed a reunion for my high school and reconnected with a classmates mom, Sue, who is the Sr Director of Development. I have loved shooting their events over the past 8 years. It is not only a pleasure to work with such a fabulous organization (they donate 97 cents of every dollar towards the research) but now I have a personal connections to people who battle with this disease and I love being able to support a cause that will help them survive each day.
A couple years ago, the foundation sent Kasey my way. A junior at St Paul’s School for Girls, Kasey was interested in photography and I was eager to have an intern. She was worked on and off for me for the past 6 years, working in the office and assisting me at weddings. She has had a rough go around with CF but she is one of the strongest ladies I know. I am so proud to say that she is graduating from my alma mater, Loyola University, this Spring and headed off to a job in the financial world, although I hope she keeps up her passion for photography as well.
The foundation puts on a Spring Swing Event every year, and its Kasey’s baby. She gets up in front of 600+ people (impressive- I could never do it) and talks about the disease, how it has affected her life, the life of her friends and family and the battle she goes through every day to stay healthy. Every year, I have a hard time photographing through the tears that are running down my face by the end. This year I was so tickled and honored that working for me was mentioned in her speech as a part of her life she loves. I am honored to call Kasey a friend and I am mesmerized by her and the courage she has to get up every day. She is a beautiful woman and I am so blessed to see her grow up into such a amazing and wonderful person. I am so excited to see what life has in store for her. Love you Kasey!