Tiny Sparrow Foundation | A Non Profit Organization » A Picture of Hope

Madison | Ohio

Meet 9-year-old Madison and her beautiful family.

Madison is non-verbal and non-mobile without the ability to swallow. She has spastic quadriplegia, a subset of spasticcerebral palsy that affects all four limbs (both arms and legs). Her face is paralyzed leaving her unable to blink, close her eyes completely, and her mouth is always open. She has limited communication capabilities but has learned to use a switch and an iPad to communicate her needs. She also uses her breathing, crying, and setting off her vent alarms to also communicate with her family.

Her mom shared, “She is the light of our lives, an amazing miracle, and the strongest person I know! She has made our lives so much better in so many ways and her strength is beyond anything I could ever have imagined.”

Madison loves to spend time with family and loves to be outside. She is often called the “Princess Diva” because she wants to be the center of attention. She enjoys watching tv and listening to books on CD and music.

A heartfelt thank you to Staci Hedke of www.stacihedkephotos.com for donating her time and talent.

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Eric | Virginia

Meet 12-year-old Eric and his courageous family. In a matter of days, their whole world changed through their son’s eyes, even where they call “home.”

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Eric had been complaining for a few days about his very painful foot and lots of swollen lymph glands all over his neck. The family traveled from western China to Hong Kong to see a specialist. The news no one ever wants to hear: Eric was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia.

With great support and help, they were able to fly to the USA to be treated at Children’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. On Friday, April 4 after multiple medical tests including more blood draws, bone marrow aspiration, and spinal tap, the doctors confirmed that he has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-cell ALL).  On April 5, Eric had surgery to implant his central line/port and began receiving chemotherapy treatments. Eric’s loved ones were shocked and saddened by the whole situation — but relied on their faith to walk this new journey, “we are trusting in God to pour his love and grace onto Eric,” his mom shared.

Today he is in 6th grade and adjusting to school. He has been a very brave cancer patient warrior this past year throughout his numerous spinal taps, biopsies, radiation, and weekly rounds of chemo infusions and daily chemo and steroid pills.

He loves to play soccer and go hiking, camping, fishing, and rock collecting. Eric smiles the most when he sees and is with his best friends. We wish him a lifetime of many more smiles.

A very special thank you to Katie Cartwright of Katie Cartwright Photography for donating her time and talent.

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Melinda freeman

so thrilled to see your whole family but especially Eric’s big smile!

audrey lenards

Love the story about my Grandson Eric and the wonderful Caring family of his. Such a Beautiful picture as they continue to “Trust in the Lord.”

Lesley | Illinois

Meet Lesley and her beautiful family. This teenager loves soccer and is full of smiles despite her battle. It’s been a long journey since 2005.

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in your nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue. Lesley has had a brain tumor, many spinal tumors and undergone countless treatments and surgeries.

We wish her a lifetime of happiness and complete healing.

A very special thank you to Heidi Peters of  http://www.heidipeters.com for donating her time and talent.

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Avett | Virginia

Meet 18-month-old Avett and his family. Avett’s Mommy is a Tiny Sparrow Foundation affiliate photographer so this Picture of Hope session hits particularly close to home.

Avett is a very smiley and happy baby. He loves music, animals, and Mommy.

Avett was born via emergency c-section. His family found out that morning, through a chance ultrasound, that he was going to be born with a significant amount of fluid in and around his lungs. Avett was born with bilateral pleural effusions…he was called “hydrops fetalis.” Once he was born, he was put on a breathing tube immediately and stayed in the NICU for 45 days.

Today he is doing well, is walking, and lights up a room with his bright smile. We wish Avett a beautiful life ahead.

A very special thank you to Jennifer Wells of http://www.jenniferwellsphotography.com for donating her time and talent.

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Brantley | Missouri

Meet Brantley and his family.

This amazing little boy is all smiles, big blue eyes {and even bigger attitude}, and tender snuggles. He loves semi trucks, dirt bikes, cars and tractors.

He has a congenital heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot.

In addition to spreading hope, Brantley’s family is also on a mission to spread awareness.

A very special thank you to Shauna Wells of http://www.oliviaandrewphotography.com for donating her time and talent.

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