I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on September 18, 2001. I was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital - then known as Children's Hospital of Boston - to both learn about diabetes and how to best treat this chronic disease.
I was quickly admitted to a room at Children's. I was lucky, too - I was placed on the far side of the room, and my bed was directly next to the window. This may seem trivial, but this window provided a direct view of Fenway. I distinctly remember spending several nights sitting at the window with a pair of binoculars, checking the score of the game on the jumbotron. I spent three days at Children's. I became close with all of the nurses, learned about diabetes and even had a chance to watch the MedEvac helicopter land on the roof.
Upon returning home, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) sent a care package to my house. The care package contained a diabetes bear and a host of other gifts tailored to a newly diagnosed person with Type 1 Diabetes. The JDRF puts on an annual Walk to Cure Diabetes in Boston. This event happens in October each year, and my family was quick to participate in the 2001 Walk to Cure Diabetes. Although the 2001 Walk happened just weeks after my diagnosis, I was excited to participate.
JDRF annually produces an event in Boston called the Hearts and Hero's Gala. This black-tie gala is a major event for JDRF. The Hearts and Hero's Gala annually raises upwards of one million dollars each year.
My family was honored at the 30th annual Hearts and Hero's Gala. This event occurred in 2012, many years after my diagnosis. However, my work was cut out for me in the months leading up to the event. JDRF played an important role in my life immediately after my diagnosis. Now, with the presence of my family at the 2012 Hearts and Hero's Gala, I had an opportunity to play an important role in JDRF's mission.
It is with this in mind that the awesome team at JDRF New England and I teamed up to work together. I photographed local kids in the months leading up to the Hearts and Hero's Gala. I created portraits for well over fifty kids in just a few photo sessions. The portraits that we created were used for all aspects of the 2012 Hearts and Hero's Gala, from save the date cards to large scale posters at the event.
I have continued to work with JDRF in the years since the 2012 Hearts and Hero's Gala. The link below will bring you to a portfolio of my favorite photographs from the past few years.