At the Whole Lotta Life Foundation we very proudly offer a photography service. This foundation has been founded by photographers and we see a great lot of value in documenting our life and our experiences. Having a cancer diagnosis isn't cut and dry and people find at different twists and turns that they would like to have moments in time captured. I have seen photo shoots done for end of treatment celebrations, glamour baldy shoots, family get togethers, treatment documentary, and more.
Kelleigh Burkett was our first member to make use of our photography service which we were so pleased to be able to provide for her and her family this March. She was diagnosed on May 10th, 2010 with grade 3, stage 3 - locally advanced Breast Cancer. At 37 years old with 3 young girls aged 18mth, 3 and 5, and one amazingly supportive husband, Kelleigh went through the recommended treatments determined to fight for a cure. Unfortunately in May 2013, 3 years almost to the date doctors find a new tumour on her L1 vertebrae. She is now considered stage 4, a terminal cancer patient, but that still hasn't taken the fight out of her. Kelleigh and her family have looked into all of their options here and abroad to extend her life as long as possible. She has never given up hope and is packing in as much quality time with her loved ones as she can.
Kelleigh has inherited the BRCA2 gene from her father. Anyone with the gene has a lifetime risk of 50-80% of developing Breast Cancer and a 20-40% lifetime risk of Ovarian Cancer. Roughly one in every 400 people carry it. "I don't want anyone to have to go through this let alone my own flesh and blood. I want to be here to guide them through this time bomb".
Kelleigh is now hoping to undertake a treatment option outside that is offered in Australia but not in New Zealand and needs the help of her family and community to be able to fund it.
Her friends have set up a fundraising page for her through Give A Little and have already managed to raise a staggering $42,000 but unfortunately that is not enough. In order to receive this treatment, Kelleigh needs to raise over $100,000.
If you are interested in learning more about Kelleigh or want to follow her progress on her 'Get Kelleigh There' Facebook page then please follow the links provided below. There are many ways to get involved, so go visit and leave Kelleigh a message of hope and encouragement.
Give A Little - http://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/getkelleighthere