|"Misha was pursuing his childhood dream and playing hockey on a scholarship in New Hampshire when, after a game, Misha collapsed. Rushed to hospital, the doctors soon realized that Misha had a rare form of invasive brain cancer: anaplastic astrocytoma.
He soon returned to Ottawa and saw oncologists at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Throughout his multiple treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy and even a risky twelve-hour brain surgery, Misha would amaze the health care professionals, and those closest to him, with his body's resilience, and his positive attitude even as he was sometimes getting sicker.
One day, physicians at CHEO suggested an experimental new drug treatment. Amazingly,the cancer soon started to disappear. During this time, Misha grew stronger and started university.
Unfortunately, the cancer returned aggressively during the summer of 2009.
Misha has been a regular on the oncology floor at CHEO and on the CHEO annual telethon. He became active in cancer groups like Young Adults Cancer Canada and he and his family volunteered with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. This included a passionate testimonial Misha provided in early 2009 to a group gathered to support clinical trials and experimental therapies raising more than $ 150,000 in a single hour."
Today, at the age of 19, at 2:30pm, the Cancer he had fought so hard and for so long finally claimed his life. I had the privileged of working with Misha, his sister Meena, and his Mother Josée over the past 6 months, fundraising, volunteering, and finally, taking family portraits. Their last together.
The excerpt above is from a Legacy Fund establishment; the Misha Normand Garcia tribute fund. If you want to make a contribution, to let his family know they're not alone, you can make a donation to the fund by clicking this link, click donate now, and choose option #9 for the fund.
I'm holding my son a little longer, and a little tighter tonight.
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
1/50 sec | f 2
ISO 800 | 50 mm