Monday, June 6, 2011

Lend a Lens - Russ and Family

Remember Lend a Lens?
In short, Lend a Lens is a program we started to provide free photo sessions to those who really deserve them for whatever their reasons may be.
These wonderful people are nominated by you and, if they are comfortable with it, we will spotlight them on our blog and share their stories.
Recently, I received an e-mail about Russ and his family, telling me their story and asking if I would take their family pictures.

We did the session and I must say that
I am blessed to have met such an inspiring and beautiful family.
(read about their family below)


Here's their story:

"Russ is an incredible father to 3 beautiful girls - Haley (11), Taylor (8), and Audra (6), and has been married to his wife Liz for 13 years.  He has always worked incredibly hard to provide for his family and has even worked nights for 10 years and take care of his girls during the day while Liz went to work during the day.  His infectious laugh and personality make him unforgettable to everyone he meets.

"He played football for 2 years at Ricks College on scholarship in 1994, 1997-98.  From 1995-1997 he served in the Canada, Halifax mission.  He also played football at Idaho State University on scholarship from 1999-2000.  He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in 2003 from Weber State University.  He also coached football at Riverton High School in Riverton, UT and at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ.

"Russ has a sarcoma tumor connected to his hipbone and has numerous cancerous nodules throughout his lungs and liver. This specific type of cancer is only diagnosed in approximately 200 adults per year in the USA and has a 20% mortality rate.  They haven’t given him an exact timeframe but did say that it is short, months. He has done 3 intense rounds of chemotherapy and 5 weeks of radiation since October 2010 which slowed the cancer from spreading but did nothing to shrink or eliminate any of it. He had surgery on March 11th, 2011 to remove the large growth in his pelvis, while they were able to remove a small tumor from the liver, the large tumor was not removed and it would have risked his life to remove it. They have been told that he can try to do more chemotherapy and radiation, but it was recommended that they just focus on the time he has left and making him as comfortable as possible."

Click here and here for video clips and reports about Russ and his family.



Amy said...

Beautiful, you are such a giving person, I love it. These photos are wonderful.

Simons Family of 5 said...

Lizzie - thank you so much for doing these for us. We love them and will recommend you to everyone we know! I am so overjoyed that we will now have pictures to treasure of our family for forever. Thanks again - Russ, Liz & the girls.

rebecca said...

when i grow up i want to be you.

Shelby&BrandonOsmond said...

That is so neat, good for you LIz I love the idea. And what a touching story. Love the photos beautiful!

ahs said...

I am so proud of you, little sister. You make me cry. This is living life truly.

Beautiful pictures.

Dana @ SweetThings said...

What a wonderful program!! Thank you for being a part of such a great cause. You are an incredible photographer!!! Thanks, for all the tips on Sugar Bee today. =) I have a Nikon D90. I've had this camera for over a year and I'm still trying to learn all the many things it can do. I know that I'm the problem. My biggest problem right now is trying to get clear crisp pictures. Some turn out and others are lacking. Any tips?