Share Six: September 2019: Gold

It’s September 6 and it is a bitter sweet day for me.  Bitter because my piece of gold is not with me, and sweet because the memories do not go away.  Happy birthday Mom, you are my piece of gold and I love all those sweet memories that I carry in my heart.

Hello and thank you for indulging me my moment of memories.  Today the theme is one we have done before but honestly it is such an important reminder of what so many people experience this silently.  It is heartbreaking when we loose a loved on, even more so when it is a child.  “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so for all of September we’ve decided to team up and join forces with @thegoldhopeproject to help spread awareness!!

If you or your family have been affected by cancer then you know how hard it is to walk that journey.  I could not imagine having my child suffer from cancer.  It was hard enough watching my boy go through surgery after surgery for 9 years for a bone disorder, but at least I knew that, unless something went horribly wrong in surgery, he would be going home with me.  Yes, we had long recuperation periods but that boy is now 30 years old and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to walk that journey with him.

For those of you that don’t know, The Gold Hope Project is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of photographers who aim to provide free portrait sessions to families battling pediatric cancer. As photographers, we understand how truly important it is to document our children’s lives, and what better gift to give to parents going through such a tremendously difficult time!

In addition to pairing young warriors with photographers, @TheGoldHopeProject also works to raise funds for pediatric cancer research! If you want to participate with us this month, here are just a few things you can consider:

1. Tag your Instagram gold photos with the #TeamUp4GoldKids (for features) and #theGoldHopeProject (to spread awareness). You will have a chance to be featured on one of the MANY participating hubs for the month of September!
2. Go to goldhopeproject.com and see how you can apply to be a registered photographer!
3. Donate! It DOES make a difference!

Two weeks ago, when Richard asked if I wanted to go to the beach to watch the sunrise I wavered.  He wanted to go out on his paddle board for a while.  While I hate waking up in the morning, I am always keen to watch the sunrise, I just wish I did not have to wake up to do it.

I was not thinking about the theme when I took these images but this really worked out perfectly for this month’s gold theme.

Sunrise: South Beach, BR: August 11, 2019: 9912

Sunrise: South Beach, BR: August 11, 2019: 9967

Here are a few Childhood Cancer Facts

– Cancer is the #1 disease killer of kids in the US.

– Childhood Cancer is more than a dozen types of cancers combined including tumors, leukemia and lymphomas.

– The causes of most childhood cancer is unknown. Childhood cancer cannot be prevented.

– Many childhood cancer treatments are the same that existed in the 1970s.

– 1 out of 8 children with cancer will not survive.

– Childhood cancer research receives 4% of the annual budget from the National Cancer Institute. That equals 195 million for all 12 types of childhood cancer. Adult cancers receive the renewing 96% of the budget.

– 9 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor everyday.

– 43 children are diagnosed with cancer each day.

Sunrise: South Beach, BR: August 11, 2019: 9925

Sunrise: South Beach, BR: August 11, 2019: 9971

Help to be a part of highlighting Childhood Cancer Awareness and remember you can:

1. Tag your gold photos with the #TeamUp4GoldKids (for features) and #theGoldHopeProject (to spread awareness). You will have a chance to be featured on one of the MANY participating hubs for the month of September!
2. Go to goldhopeproject.com and see how you can apply to be a registered photographer!
3. Donate! It DOES make a difference!

Sunrise: South Beach, BR: August 11, 2019: 0008Sunrise: South Beach, BR: August 11, 2019: 9954

 

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six blog post.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Elizabeth of It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Willson and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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2 Comments on “Share Six: September 2019: Gold

  1. We were both inspired by the magnificent sunsets of September!
    Beautiful shots Sharleen! And you always write so well!

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