My heart caught in the back of my throat as I turned that corner to see him sitting there. Sitting upright, hooked up in every direction, so very much him and yet so unlike the presence of him that I was accustomed to. You see, even in just the few times we spent together, there is enough of him in her smile to know a thing or two about him. There is enough in that million-dollar smile of his own to know even more. To know the goodness in him and the capacity within to love and serve and care for my sister; that was enough for me from the very beginning, in the days when she began talking about him as just a really great friend. And now she talks, and sits, and comforts, and speaks up, and holds his hand, day in and day out, caring for him in a way it feels no one her age should ever have to dream of doing for someone they love so much.
Most of you know, by now, that seven weeks ago, life was altered drastically for my sister Cearra when her boyfriend Dennis experienced a traumatic brain injury as the result of a very serious fall while out of town for work, in Chicago. Since that day, she has been by his side – both in Chicago and now at home, in Baltimore – as he remains in a coma, though progressing day-by-day, both in little and big ways. You can read more about the journey thus far, here
. He is fighting to live and to heal and he is in the company of so many people alongside him supporting him in that fight. Now, after several surgeries, a medical transport across states, and countless other unexpected and challenging experiences, Cearra has created a “Hope For Dennis” fund
to help pool the resources of those who might be willing to contribute to his care. His transport back to Maryland was not covered by insurance and because this present journey is a long one, the cost of his care only continues to rise above the means there are to take care of them.
Cearra means the world to me, and he means the world to her, and I’d move mountains to make this all better.
For that reason, I am offering a FLASH SALE
today, Wednesday, May 1, from 12:30PM-2:30PM with ALL proceeds going towards the Hope For Dennis fund
. During this FLASH SALE
, all Lifestyle Portrait Sessions
will be $100 (Tennessee sales tax not included) and will come with the customary $50 Product Credit that all of my sessions include. With the Product Credit factored in, this is more than 65% savings from my normal Lifestyle Portrait Session fee. Clients may apply their Product Credit towards the purchase of their Session Collection, Canvases, or Storybooks, following their session. Prints are always available for purchase from your online gallery, following your session, as well.
To qualify for and claim your FLASH SALE
session, simply e-mail me at email@example.com
between 12:30PM and 2:30PM
) with your full name and e-mail address, and I will send you an invoice for payment-in-full upon receipt. In order to receive this discount, you must pay the amount in full. Please note, session booking is subject, as always, to photographer availability and must take place within the calendar year. It is always advisable to contact me a few months in advance of when you’d like to book!
If you have any questions about Dennis or his circumstances, or about the fund, or about the FLASH SALE
, please do not hesitate to contact me. And as always, you are more than welcome to give directly to the fund if a portrait session is not of interest to you. Or just pray. It has been so incredible to have the support and prayers of so many people for Dennis, for his family and for my sister; we’d never turn your prayers down. Thank you, all.