This past Sunday I once again had the honor to be a part of WestRash Charities and photograph one of the many events they put on to benefit pediatric cancer research. This Sunday, at Brentsville District High School, we celebrated Owen, and had a walk to benefit Children's Medical Center pediatric cancer research. To explain to you how honored I am to be a part of this amazing organization I have to give you a little bit of background on this awesome kid named, Owen.
Owen's grandparents and my parents have been friends since before I was born, so naturally they are like my second family. His grandparents have two children, Deena and Kit, that I grew up with, Deena is Owen's mom. I remember when Owen was born, he was an adorable and happy little kid. We used to all vacation together at the beach and one of my favorite memories of him as an obnoxiously cute 2 or 3 year old is that he used to constantly play with his bus that sang "The Wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round" (Its totally stuck in your head now, huh?!) he knew it got to everyone; so he would push the button, and his eyes would sparkle, he knew he would get a reaction out of everyone. He was so cute we just laughed and laughed, and he laughed along with us. The cute little kind became an extremely kind teenager who always put other people first. In 2010, all of our lives changed forever, Owen was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at the age of 14. He fought bravely and courageously, never losing hope. He lost his battle in April 2012, at the age of 16.
Owen has never been forgotten. His spirt lives on in all of us. Now a few times a year we join together to put on large scale events so that we can help others who receive this devastating diagnosis. In the Fall, Owen's Walk to Remember Angels & Warriors and in the Spring the WestRash Charities Golf Tournament. This past Sunday we celebrated and honored Owen, as well as all the other Angels & Warriors, once again with a walk.
I love being a part of this event and I hope you enjoy the photos! Hopefully they will make you want to join in the fun next year!!!! XOXO!!!