GASTROSCHISIS AWARENESS DAY

What a great cause this was to for Ginger Rabe Photography to be a part of. I was lucky to work with Kim Richmond, who is head of California’s Gastroschisis organization, and is very active in making the community aware of this condition that affects many babies, as well as the families and friends involved.  When I was asked to photograph the day I immediately said yes because I to have been affected from this condition.  I have a friend whose oldest son was born with Gastro and has had multiple surgeries to keep him alive; the last one being this past summer that put him in the hospital for four months where it was touch and go for most of it.  He was lucky he got better and was released from the hospital and has been making a steady recovery since.

Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which an infant’s intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side of the umbilical cord http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001987/  . I have to say the day was filled with laughter, tears, and joy. I was happy to take photographs of each of the individual families affected by this as well as be educated on what they have gone through and the strides each of them have made.  I think it is a great cause and I look forward to being there next year to take pictures of the children as they grow each year.  

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