Meet Maya. In inspiration to many and all that meet her.
Last October Maya was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has about 3 months left of her frontline treatment before beginning maintenance treatment. She is an incredibly strong woman and has been given the nickname "Strong Girl" since her treatment started. She finds strength in the infamous words of Bob Marley, "Every little thing is gonna be alright". Words more people should be living by and reminding themselves of every day.
She recently shaved what was left of her hair to raise money for St. Baldrick's and ended up being the top fundraiser in a shave event, raising over $7,000.00!!
Inevitably, there are hard days, but Maya finds a way through them. From the words of her Mom, "I am blessed and proud to be her Mom and I am thankful for every minute I have with this girl who is my ray of sunshine."
On the outside she is a beautiful fun loving 11 year old. In the inside she has the strength of a thousand men.
The Gold Hope Project is a non-profit corporation that is comprised of an international network of Professional Photographers who donate their talent and time to provide quality portraiture to the Fighters and their Families. Together we work to raise awareness of the epidemic of Childhood Cancer and raise funds for Pediatric Oncology Research. Childhood cancer research accounts for less than 5% of the National Cancer Institute's annual budget. A hard number to swallow when statistics show that Childhood Cancer is the second most common cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 14 years of age, with over 40,000 children affected, just in the USA, each year.
I am honored to be a part of the Gold Hope Project and I am blessed to have met Maya and her family.
For more information on the The Gold Hope Project and how you can help please click HERE.
To follow Maya and show your support via her CAREPAGE please click HERE.