I am so grateful to have new readers and I wanted to do another “getting to know you” (cue Deborah Kerr) post for those are not my mom. (Hi Mom!) If you read my About page, you saw that I’m a co-founder of a non-profit for cancer patients and survivors. A few years ago, I lost an adopted little sister to brain cancer. My husband, Alan, is a professional photographer and we were incredibly sad to be unable to capture photos of her with her family in her last couple of years. Before we knew it, she was gone and so was our chance to give back to them – all because of a stupid thing called money. This is not cool.
So we started Magic Hour Foundation – a nation-wide non-profit where hundreds of professional photographers are virtually “on call” in their local areas if and when a cancer warrior requests a photo session with their family. They provide the service, we provide the images, free of charge, on their own time and in whatever environment works for them. Our website describes it this way:
Magic Hour refers to the half hour at the beginning and ending of each day as the sun transitions and casts a golden yellow glow. It is light at its most beautiful and photographers will wait to capture it. Our recipients are in the magic hours of their lives – some are transitioning out of life on this earth and we aim to capture their beauty and preserve it for their families. Some have overcome and are transitioning into a life with more clarity and purpose, disease-free. We want all cancer warriors to have the opportunity to remember how beautiful they are and how poignant this time is in their life and the lives of their families – free of charge and free of complication.
Magic Hour Foundation has been in operation since 2012 and we’re just getting our feet wet. But we also just launched our new blogsite that allows us to back post all of our wonderful sessions since we started for the world to see! Our 400ish photographers give back so generously and jump at the chance to document these people who are fighting a tremendous foe and just need to feel human and loved for a minute. We help their families remember their normality. We keep memory alive. We spread light one person at a time.
Please share this post with your social media friends. We all know someone fighting cancer. This service is free and has no strings attached. Let us bring you some magic.