One of the most meaningful hours I have spent with my camera was last Friday at Capital High School for their annual Make-A-Wish assembly. I graduated from CHS 10 years ago, and am lucky enough to know their DECA teacher, Sandy Murin, who works so hard with her students every year to put together these assemblies. To make each assembly come together, the student body relies on donations; whether it is someone’s time, monetary donations, or gifts for the child. When I saw that this year’s child was a little girl named Abella, and that the theme of the assembly was going to be FROZEN, I immediately had goosebumps and knew exactly what I wanted to do for this family (hint: full family session donation to Abella and her family- AWESOME!!!).
Abella, who is only 7 years old, is battling Cystic Fibrosis with Pulmonary Manifestations and Pancreatic Insufficiency. In other words, Abella suffers from lung damage and digestive issues caused by CF. But she doesn’t let that stop her. Abella has one of the most contagious smiles I’ve ever seen, and the entire student body, staff, and family were smiling ear to ear during her assembly.
Being naturally shy, Abella was a little overwhelmed, but having her big sister on the floor with her made everything all better. CHS did an amazing job of making Abella and her family feel welcome and loved. From a real life Queen Elsa singing “Let It Go” to Abella, to playing soccer and building a snowman with her sister, to a ride in a real sleigh while being showered with flowers from the entire student body…it was INCREDIBLE. Watching the staff get into it was really awesome as well….especially seeing the administration, who gave me numerous tardy slips back in the day, having such a great time (see kids, Principles DO have big hearts!).
I am so happy that Sandy asked me to be apart of it, and I cannot wait to share pictures from Abella’s family session with everyone!!
For more information on Cystic Fibrosis please visit their website here.