THE FILM SESSION
Hayley is an amazing photographer who is based in the same city as me and I have always admired the incredible art she creates. Earlier this year her family were dealt with some incredibly hard news with the discovery that her husband Diego had brain cancer. I reached out and offered to create a Frames of Hope family film of them at home. Diego had not long come out of surgery and they had just moved into a new home the same month. With three young girls and life having been flipped on its head so dramatically, this family need support and community as they navigate the road ahead.
It was incredibly special being in their home for the afternoon and having the opportunity to document their love, their connection and the bond that this family share. ~ Bec Zacher
THE STORY ~ APRIL 2019
“What a crazy heart-shattering, fast few weeks. From finding out Diego had a brain tumour, which sent our minds spinning, to then straight in for emergency brain surgery, and two house moves all in the same week. I feel I have no words …. while we navigate the diagnosis of grade 2 & 3 brain cancer and the everyday life of three young daughters at home. Overwhelmed, numb, hurt, heartbroken and scared are just some of the words that come to mind.
For now, while we attend many appointments, juggle the girls and come up with the best treatment plan for Diego I now realise we need anything and everything we can to kick this and all in all have quality time as a family. A treatment plan needed as soon as possible, we are coming up against some massive figures for this fight.
I look at our girls, 5, 3 & 1, and just break. These sweet girls don’t deserve this. The bond they share with him is mind-blowing. He really is their everything without any exaggeration. He is their world – an amazing father and a loving husband.
Time waits for no one – The number one thing I have learned so far is to appreciate every single day … to every day see the beauty. Moments before this happened we were a happy family of five about to move home for a larger space, so we can start our own little garden and spend more quality family time outdoors to then be torn apart, shattered and scared. We are trying to keep the girl’s world as normal as possible, they are young but they are very affected, traumatised by his seizure they witnessed alone and having their lives flipped upside down. We will work on this but right now they need their dad, they need long quality of life with him.
The love we have felt from the very beginning has been unbelievable we feel each and every one of you.
I can’t ask you enough to hold our family in your thoughts and to help us by sharing our story.”
HOW TO SUPPORT THIS FAMILY
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support the treatment costs that Diego needs If you are able to support this family in any capacity, they would be so appreciative.
You can follow along with their journey and get involved in some local initaities and funraising activities they are doing, find all the info online here ~
Go Fund Me (regular updates posted)