Since I’ve been back in South Dakota as a photographer I’ve been so fortunate to spend some time each year capturing a very special little girl, Rebekah and her family. It has been such a joy watching all 5 of the Spader kids grow and change over the years. I love watching families living life together and it gives my heart such joy to spend time with them each time we get together.
Rebekah (as well as her sister Maasa) have a very rare genetic disease. Rebekah’s disease has been progressing over the years and she’s gone through a Bone Marrow transplant (thanks to the perfect match provided by her younger sister, Theresa). However that transplant hasn’t helped and the Spader family made the difficult decision to not go forward with any additional treatments and make the most of each and every day they have with Rebekah.
A few weeks ago I was so fortunate to attend and capture Rebekah’s Make a Wish Gift Concert. It was an incredible night of worship at the O’Gorman High School Performing Arts Center with a fantastic concert by Geoff Moore and Rachelle Hope. My kids (and their cousins) LOVED the concert as well and they’ve been singing Home Run and lots of other new fun songs by Geoff.
Because of the concert Rebekah was able to present Make-a-Wish South Dakota with $19,000 (yes NINETEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!) to another little girl for HER Make-a-Wish gift. What an incredible spirit and amazing generosity! Check out the story HERE!
I had a wonderful time behind the scenes and if you’d like to check out some highlights from the evening you can take a look at the highlights video.
Rebekah has one more big bucket list Dream Trip for her family that includes a visit with a special Mouse in Florida. I’m so excited to partner with BBQ Heaven at Fireplace Professionals on August 1st for another amazing Fundraiser! I’ll be there taking photographs of the event and you can come and get your picture taken with the Storm Lightning Girls as well as some of the Storm Players (I’m also SO excited to be the Official Storm Lightning and Promo Girls Photographer for the 2016 Season!) The BBQ Heaven Facebook Page has some great information about the event.
There is also something I’d like to offer to my clients. For anyone who makes a $100 donation towards Rebekah’s trip you will receive a $250 Gift Certificate to Julie Prairie Photography. Let’s help give Rebekah and the Spader family the Disney trip of a lifetime! This special will be offered through August 1st. Make plans to come out and celebrate with us!
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