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Carmel, Family Lifestyle Session, Indianapolis, Westfield

March 30, 2019

Spring Mini Sessions to Support Cystic Fibrosis Research

 

I am so excited to offer my first mini sessions since moving to Indiana! I’ve been waiting for just the right time and location to make these available, and everything finally came together this Spring. As with my past mini sessions, I will be donating all of the session fees–this time they will go toward Cystic Fibrosis Research.

 

Mini Session Details

Date: Saturday, April 27

Backup Date: In case of rain, we will move everything to the next day, Sunday, April 28

Location: Coxhall Gardens, 11677 Towne Rd, Carmel, IN 46032

Time: Each family can reserve a 20 minute time slot between the hours of 8:00-11:00 AM and 5:00 – 8:00 PM. This will ensure that everyone has good light for the photos (though the best light will be the earliest and latest slots!)

Price: Each 20 minute slot is available for a $75 session fee. I will be donating all of the session fees to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

What you get: Each family will have access to an edited online gallery with three included image downloads. Additional digital files and prints are available for purchase in the gallery.

 

The Story Behind the Donations

I offered my first mini session as a way to support a friend who was fighting off leukemia for the third time. (He’s in remission now!) The experience of using my gifts to draw people together for beautiful images while supporting a member of our community was just incredible.

The openings filled up immediately, the families got great photos, and we raised over $2,000 for my friend’s medical expenses. He and his wife were so thankful for the support, and I felt like I was able to do something that really uplifted them during their long battle.

This time around, I’ll be donating all of the session fees to support Cystic Fibrosis Research. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Cystic Fibrosis is rare, but I’ve had two neighbors with it, and I’ve been able to see firsthand how research has dramatically changed their quality of life and life expectancy.

When we found out our childhood friend, Jed, had cystic fibrosis, we were told he probably wouldn’t live to see age 30. Over the years, our family kept up with his, and we knew he had some very difficult times. Despite his ongoing health battles, he married his high school sweetheart and they adopted two children. He reached and passed age 30, but his lungs declined to the point where he and his family needed to relocate to a new climate. Finally, he had to be hospitalized, and his lungs were functioning at twenty percent as he waited for a transplant. Thanks to the generosity of an organ donor, he received his new lungs, and he has been able to return to life with his family and his work as a pastor.

Our other neighbor with Cystic Fibrosis is a seven-year-old named Cora, and thanks to better testing practices, she was diagnosed with CF almost immediately. Because of research and treatment, Cora has also experienced almost no CF symptoms, which means her lungs will resist the effects of the disease much better.

My hope in raising money for more research is that we will find a way to not just treat Cystic Fibrosis, but cure it entirely. I hope you will join me to support Jed, Cora, and every other family touched by this disease.

If you’d like to sign up for a mini session, please click here for a special mini session contact form or email me at rachael@rachaelfosterphoto.com

If you’d like to see more photos from past mini sessions, here are some of my favorites from past families!

 

If you are excited about getting beautiful images and supporting CF Research, please fill out this form so we can reserve a mini session for your family!

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