The biggest regret I have of my wonderful childhood is not having family pictures. Memories fade but portraits are forever.
It is with such a heavy heart that I write about my little friend Haley. Haley was a little girl that hugged her way into my heart a brief two years ago. I was honored by taking what we thought would be some final family photos before Haley was granted her very own pair of angel wings.
But Haley wasn’t just a little girl. Haley was an warrior.
She began her fight with Medullablastoma when she was only five years old and in the final few years of her life she defied life expectations with grace, with smile, and more importantly …
To be hugged by Haley was to be close to Heaven. There aren’t many words to say. I can’t imagine the feeling of loss and grief her family has. I have only known her briefly and I think of her several times during the day. She was a treasure. I’m so glad I got to know her and had the chance to be hugged by her. So do me a favorite and think about Haley when you see a butterfly, or a rainbow or the color purple. Think about how you could do something to make someone smile, right then. That’s what she’d do. And you’ll be a better person for it. We all will.
Her family requests that if you would like to give, to please donate blood and/or platelets in Haley’s honor. If you would like to post a photo in the comment section below, they plan to gather them in a book to honor Haley.
In the days before she left us. I was privileged to photograph her family once again from her bedside. I’ll share those below.
Haley was laid to rest in the peaceful Hawaiian waters she called home. May she forever swim with dolphins and gentle creatures for she’ll never know pain again. Until we meet again, sweet Haley, fly high beautiful butterfly.
Experience her life celebration below.