Winner of the Giveaway

August 15, 2010

The winner of the giveaway is Brittney Charley

Here is her winning heart felt story.

To some, a picture is just an image. To me, a picture tells a story. How can a person describe the vibrant colors of a sunset, the soft gentle skin of a newborn, or the tears of a father giving his daughter away as a bride? That is what a picture has the potential of capturing in a simple press of a button. Click. I hope that as I describe my family’s unique circumstances, I might persuade you to choose me as the winner for this giveaway.

My uncle, Steven Riggs, was born with a congenital heart defect. His heart was turned around backwards and flipped upside down. When he was fourteen years old he had open heart surgery. The doctors placed an artificial valve into his heart. After sewing him back up they were dismayed to find that his heart rate had dropped and was dangerously too low. A day or two later, the doctors went under his ribs and put a pacemaker in. In December 2009 he spent Christmas at Primary Children’s Hospital. (His condition being so rare, the equipment and technology needed to replace his pacemaker could only be found there. As people with this condition, don’t live very long.) This is only the beginning of his extensive poor medical history.

No matter what the doctors say, I know his heart is strong. His ability to love and care for others cannot be denied. My uncle is by far, one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Through all of his health problems, he has remained happy, full of hope, and lives life to the fullest. Steve continues to amaze doctors, family, and friends with his positive attitude of life and what is to come.

We are about to celebrate Steve’s 40th birthday, which in itself is a major accomplishment! His wife, Heidi, is throwing him a surprise birthday party on August 28th. It would be a great honor to have a photographer there to capture this wonderful celebration of his life surrounded by family and friends. I know that the lens that captures the vibrant colors of a sunset, the soft gentle skin of a newborn, and the tear of a father giving his daughter away as a bride, has the potential of letting my uncle’s smiles last a lifetime, come what may. Click.

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