This year, I had the pleasure of once again being one of the event photographers for Smashing Walnuts, an organization dedicated to eradicated childhood brain cancer. Held at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia, the 5th Annual Walk and Fitness challenge is an event to combine fitness and fun – and to raise money for childhood cancer research! So many people attend and get involved, and it’s a wonderful thing to see.
About Gabriella Miller & Smashing Walnuts
Where do all good things start? In the heart. At 9 years old, Gabriella Miller was diagnosed with DIPG – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – an inoperable brain tumor, which is terminal upon diagnosis. Her tumor was the size of a walnut. Gabriella quickly became a global advocate for children with cancer. She and her family raised nearly $300,000 for children’s cancer charities and spread awareness that the need was great, but the funding was low. She founded the Smashing Walnuts Foundation to change that.
Less than a year after her diagnosis, Gabriella passed away surrounded by family and friends who promised to continue her work. An interview, filmed two weeks before her death, led to her name being added to a Federal Bill allocating $126 million for childhood disease research and kick started our mission to focus on research.
I love being involved in my community and charity event photography is just one small way I can give back. I hope it helps get the word out so we can “crack the cure”! I’ll see you next year, Smashing Walnuts.
Here are some of my favorites below, and it was hard to choose, so there are a lot!