Project Mighty Heart's mission is to provide free, compassionate and authentic photography sessions that document very raw and very real experiences of families whose children have congenital heart diseases (CHD).
For every family photo session Jen Allison Photography sells, one family photo session will be donated to a Heart Family.
A "heart family" is a family that has been directly impacted by CHD through their child.
Congenital heart disease is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth. The cause of a congenital heart defect is often unknown and are the most common form of birth defect, present in about 1% of live births. Congenital heart disease is the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths, but it grossly under-funded relative to the prevalence of the disease.
GIFT A SESSION TO A HEART FAMILY WAITING FOR THEIR JOURNEY TO BE CAPTURED.
The last thing a family rushing off to The Hospital for Sick Children is thinking about is grabbing a camera to take photos. But that's exactly what photographer Jen Allison did on March 7th, 2018 when she frantically packed to get to SickKids after a cardiologist called to say she needed to get her son there within the hour. After six months of being part of the SickKids family, Jen created Project Mighty Hearts to document the journey of heart families at SickKids.
Through compassionate and authentic photography Project Mighty Hearts documents very raw and very real experiences of families whose children have congenital heart diseases, in the hospital and/or at home recovering. Heart families can apply for or be gifted a photo session. Sessions will either be at SickKids while a family member has been admitted and is in-patient or recovering at home or both.
Jen’s life-changing stay at SickKids when her newborn son, Jack, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease (CHD) was short and relatively straightforward compared to many other families on the cardiac floor. At two-and-a-half weeks old, her son was diagnosed with SVT (supra ventricular tachycardia), a heart disease that is manageable with medication. One in three babies grows out of it. If he doesn't, there is the possibility of surgery or continuing medication. Her son basically has what she calls a "Mighty Heart" that is supercharged and can run into a race condition that spikes his heart rate.
"Our time at Sick Kids is hard to describe. I was scared but as scary of a time that is was, I wanted photos of the three of us. Not selfies, not phone photos, but photos a professional took. I needed this time in our lives captured. Because this is Jack's story as much as it is ours. He deserves to have this part of his story preserved in time for his future self. I knew I had to create something meaningful for families that were going through similar or worse experiences that I had with Dave and Jack. Which is when I decided to create Project Mighty Hearts." - Jen Allison, Founder of Project Mighty Hearts
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