A heartfelt thank-you to everyone for your photo-story entries and donations for the "Be a Lifeline!" fundraising campaign!  The photo-stories are unique, beautiful, stunning, thoughtful, and entertaining!  Your participation and donations will greatly benefit living organ donors in need.

                         Congratulations to the Winners! 

                                         1st Place, Carla

                                    2nd Place, Rebecca & 3rd Place, Jenee!!

 
 "When she was at her worst, he saw her at her best.”  I think of this quote when I see this photo. We were at a dinner and I felt the nausea start.  Battling Polycystic Kidney disease for five years, I was getting close to end stage renal disease and dialysis therapy. Going out was becoming a chore, sapping what little energy I had, and now nausea was in the mix. My son took this photo as I told my husband it was time for me to go home. Dave leaned down, kissed me on the head, and told me, "It's ok, I'm tired too.”  Whenever I'm tired of the fight, he always makes me feel I'm the winning prize fighter in the match of the century. He always sees the fight in me, even when I can't. And it's because of that, I believe I will win this fight.

"When she was at her worst, he saw her at her best.”  I think of this quote when I see this photo. We were at a dinner and I felt the nausea start.  Battling Polycystic Kidney disease for five years, I was getting close to end stage renal disease and dialysis therapy. Going out was becoming a chore, sapping what little energy I had, and now nausea was in the mix. My son took this photo as I told my husband it was time for me to go home. Dave leaned down, kissed me on the head, and told me, "It's ok, I'm tired too.”  Whenever I'm tired of the fight, he always makes me feel I'm the winning prize fighter in the match of the century. He always sees the fight in me, even when I can't. And it's because of that, I believe I will win this fight.

Carla won first place!   Judges said  her photo-story:   creates an "intimate portrait that immerses the viewer in the story" and "captures a tender moment that is real, not posed" and "conveys genuine emotion" with writing that is "to the point and inspirational."  

 
 When he saw the ocean from the back porch of our friends' house, he ran straight to it. All the frenetic energy of the long car trip stilled. The world became infinitely larger.

When he saw the ocean from the back porch of our friends' house, he ran straight to it. All the frenetic energy of the long car trip stilled. The world became infinitely larger.

Rebecca won second place!  Judges said her photo-story "is nicely "seen" and composed."  The composition and lighting match "the poetic, philosophical reflective feel of the story."

 
 This is my daughter, Elie. She is fearless. She is strong. For over ten years she has had an extra obstacle to conquer. It is an invisible one. Diabetes has been an uninvited guest, an extra plate at every meal.  She has navigated her highs and lows, aiming for a perfect normal that seems unobtainable.  We hope: for a cure, for good health always, and for resources should she ever need them.  She is off to college now. We worry. That's a parent's job.  Hers is to take life by the horns... Our table is short a plate (or two).

This is my daughter, Elie. She is fearless. She is strong. For over ten years she has had an extra obstacle to conquer. It is an invisible one. Diabetes has been an uninvited guest, an extra plate at every meal.

She has navigated her highs and lows, aiming for a perfect normal that seems unobtainable.

We hope: for a cure, for good health always, and for resources should she ever need them.

She is off to college now. We worry. That's a parent's job.

Hers is to take life by the horns... Our table is short a plate (or two).

Jenee won third place!  Judges said her photo-story has "a feel of rejoicing in life that nicely reinforces the mother's story about her daughter."  There is "joyfulness in the body language and lighting."