As I exited my vehicle with my camera gear in hand, I smiled when I spotted fire engine red hair and a set of small eyes watching me through the screen door. Radley's little voice squeaked with excitement as I was welcomed into Whitney and Tyler's charming story and a half home.
Little miss Brighton Hiro was just as sweet as I expected (okay, maybe a liiiiiitle sweeter!). She slept the entire session, even with the noisy reading of a dinosaur book, giggling, being passed from Mom to Dad to big brother Radley... at 9 days old, I'll say she did an amazing job!
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So I have to share a little extra about this family... In late April when Whitney was almost 7 months along with little Brighton, doctors found a Wilms tumor in Radley's right kidney. Their sweet little boy was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. Stage 2. Cancer. At 3 years old... that's right, the fire engine red haired boy smiling in all of those pictures above. I can't even to begin to wrap my head around what Tyler and Whitney experienced.
After their session I asked to be added to Radley's Cancer Update Group on Facebook. I scrolled through the page reading post after post and realized just how much this little family has endured and how positive and faithful Whitney and Tyler have remained. Radley has undergone one of the toughest journeys a person has to go through, and is kicking cancers BUTT. A normal recovery time for the surgery Radley went through (the removal of a LARGE chipotle sized tumor from his kidney) is 7-10 days. Little Rad went home on DAY 5. Through prayers and supportive posts this family has been uplifted and has been SO strong throughout this whole process.
Though I was only able to spend a little time with them I can see that the depth of faith that Whitney and Tyler shares is truly INCREDIBLE, and the strength of their little boy Radley is IMMEASURABLE. The quote hanging in their hallway is SO true:
"God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is Faith."
Berre Family, it was such an honor to meet all of you.
Hang in there Rad - we're ALL cheering for you!