Harley was a typical teenager at Lincoln North Star High School. His days were filled with hopes of making the UNL wrestling team once he graduated. What was thought to be shin splints, was diagnosed as osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Throughout the past year, Harley has endured 16 rounds of chemo and a particle leg amputation.
I was lucky enough to get to know this amazing teen and his family through a photo session they received through Lynette’s Angels – an organization whose mission is to provide an amazing Christmas to families being affected by cancer.
I donate sessions to Lynette’s Angels recipients every year. I know from personal family experience how dark those days are. A cancer diagnosis brings a cloud over you like no other. It can become all consuming.
However, those days are also filled with hope and love. Seeing family and community members surrounding the affected family with love and support is one of the most touching experiences in life.
The battle that cancer requires is nothing short of miraculous. Both physically and mentally. I am fully aware that a family photo session isn’t going to heal someone physically but my hope is that it can provide the family with a moment of emotional relief. An hour or so out of a daunting day to celebrate each other. To celebrate love. To celebrate life.
And that is without a doubt what Harley’s family did for him. The session was filled with so many smiles, hugs, inside jokes, and so stinking much love. Love for their time together. Love for Harley. And most of all, love for the strength that is their family.
I am certain that the diagnosis Harley received shook their family to the core. I am even more certain that this amazing family has come out on the other side stronger than ever and with a bond nothing can ever break.
I am thrilled to report that Harley has been in remission since July. He has a wonderful future ahead!
Learn more about giving to Lynette’s Angels: https://www.lynettesangels.com/