Although it was a a last minute request to photograph this event, I was thrilled to be able to donate my time to the Carolina Kidney Kids Foundation, and their inaugural fundraiser. The event exceeded expectations by far, which now that I’ve met Larissa, I can understand why!
I was lucky enough to talk with Larissa, and hear her inspiring story of her son Ryan and his struggles & survival, the story that motivated her to begin this journey. Larissa is an amazing woman. She, along with the UNC Kidney Center, are forming this group to offer support, education & financial assistance to families. The type of support that she was unable to find when she was going through the tough times with her son. She wants to make sure others have better resources, better information and support if and when they need it. People like this truly inspire me to be a better person, and to give back as much as I can to my community.
Their mission statement : “At Carolina Kidney Kids we commit to providing the gift of life through education, financial assistance and emotional support to the patient, the donor and their families.”
Congratulations & great luck on this journey Larissa – you are an inspiration to us all!