This lovely girl had to wait for the sun to shine, but it was well worth it!  Nkiru’s life is full.  She was a Homestead Varsity Basketball player, a student government officer, a member of The Fellowship of Christian Leaders and interns at Lutheran Hospital.  As you can see by her gorgeous picture, she has chosen to attend Temple University in the Fall.  All the best Nkiru!

Olohi Anteyi - Nkiru is all shades of gorgeous

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Highlights from our Magic Hour session with Derric and his family.

Derric is a sophomore at Eastside High School in Butler, Indiana.  Almost one year ago, just shy of his 15th birthday, Derric began to experience pain in what felt like his teeth.  This progressed to a “knot” like lesion under his eye.  After visits to the dentist and doctor, it was felt that he had a sinus infection.  One morning Derric awoke feeling numbness in the right side of his face.  This led to a CT scan, an MRI and ultimate discovery of the mass.  The biopsy revealed that he has Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma or ARMS.

After months of aggressive chemotherapy that resulted in a 30lb weight loss and a tremendous loss of strength, Derric is starting to feel better. With the help of an awesome oncologist here, a crew of wonderful nurses and a lot of hope and prayers,  Derric is slowly gaining weight and strength back with the help of physical therapy. He will finish his last chemo treatments on May 2-3, 2016. “We hope and PRAY in the few weeks thereafter that the PET scans come back NED (no new evidence of disease)!!!”

Thank you to Derric, his parents Joe and Teresa , sisters Briggan and McKenna for sharing your story.  It was an honor to meet you and help you to capture memories.  Congratulations to Briggan and her fiance Jeff on their engagement!  You can follow Derric’s progress on his Facebook page Team Derric Team Derric

A big thank you to Olivia Koob for assisting!  I couldn’t have done it without you!  *credit for the fairy trail brushes and butterfly to www.obsidiandawn.com


If you know of a family who would benefit from Magic Hour please be sure to share.


I know you will join me in offering prayers of healing for Derric and his family!

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Gale Grimm - Wonderful Family and beautiful pictures

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This smart, talented beautiful Homestead Senior is looking forward to attending Purdue next fall to pursue a degree in engineering.  She plays the saxophone in the Anonymous Blue Show Choir Band.  Kayla’s and Heather’s moms surprised them with a BFF session, so we had back to back fun!  I wish you all the best!  Happy Spring!


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