The McKenzie family have had a special place in my heart from the very first day I met them. Chloe was one of my first newborn sessions and she was ever so beautiful. After holding Chloe in my arms, I realised that newborn photography was were my passion was and have not looked back since.
What the McKenzie family did not know was when Chloe was born, she was born with a disease ” Leukodystrophy”.
Leukodystrophies are a group of degenerative genetic diseases that affect the nervous system. They most often take hold during childhood with many losing the ability to see, hear, walk, sit up or even swallow. There is no cure for Leukodystrophy and the impact on families is devastating.
When I heard the heartbreaking news my heart went out to the McKenzie family. I wanted to do something special for the family. I offered to capture some family portraits for the McKenzies and I know that they will treasure these images forever. This was such an emotional session however the strength the McKenzie’s showed was incredible. I walked away from that session with a whole new outlook on life.
At 6 and a half months, little Chloe lost her battle with the disease and passed away in the arms of her loving parents and under the care of the Royal Children’s Hospital.
To raise awareness and valuable funds the “Chloe McKenzie” Family Fun Day has been created.
When: Saturday April 21
Where: Wilston Grange Australian Football Club
Time: 10am – 4pm
Photographer & much more
I know I will be there to show my support to this beautiful family, I hope to see you all there too.
To view more information and updates please go to the “Chloe McKenzie” Family Fun Day page.