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"Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone " – Joni Mitchell (Yellow Taxi Cab)

My Dad was the biggest fan of The Drawing Hope Project. He passed away on Saturday Nov 17, after a 2.5 year fight with cancer. There were good days, bad days, really good days, and really bad days...but he never lost HOPE that a new treatment or new approach was going to make things better. I have never witnessed a more loving example of loyalty and strength than in my Mom, who held his hand and our hearts through everything. My Dad knew and loved every kid in the project, through their stories and photos, and my gushing about them to him. He'd ask in the mornings if a new photo had been posted...or what kids photo shoots were coming up. He loved this project, and he will live on in it. I would always look forward to his comments on each pic...overflowing with exclamation marks and excitement...and pride. I hoped that seeing what the warriors in The Drawing Hope Project were overcoming would ignite the same in him...and it did. This project has given so much to so many, and I want to thank every family, child and supporter that is part of this growing family for bringing smiles to my Mom & Dad's faces on the darkest of days. The Drawing Hope Project is only going to get better, and stronger, and will forever be dedicated to my parents; to my Dad who loved it so much, and to my Mom, who is the epitome of HOPE. This photo ("Got Til It's Gone") I did back in January 2012, and it was my Dad's favourite. For the last few weeks that he was in the hospital, it sat across from his hospital bed. He'd tell every nurse and doctor, visitor - anyone who would listen - about it, my photography, and the Drawing Hope Project. He showed everyone the calendar, talked about the kids, and handed out cards to anyone and everyone, since he believed everyone should know about it. I've never seen him more proud of anything ♥

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"Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone " – Joni Mitchell (Yellow Taxi Cab)

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