In November 2014, I did a special photo session for a little girl with cancer named Isabella Harvey. We surprised her with a bald princess photo session to help her overcome her insecurities of losing her hair due to the chemo, to show her you can be a beautiful princess with or without hair. The story and photos went viral and international, making the news on almost every continent! We were featured on, "The View", "The Today Show", every major news channel including ABC, NBC ,AND FOX news, all "I heart radio" syndications, The main page of Yahoo.com, The front page of the Huffington Post good news section, Trending on Buzzfeed.com, MTV.COM, Cosmopolitan, Red Book, Women's Day, Elite Daily news, The Daily Mail UK, and countless other articles! Since the story went viral, I have been receiving many requests to do similar photo sessions for other pediatric oncology patients so I have decided to start my own non profit organization called Maria Christina's Little Miracles. It is named after my own grandmother who passed from cancer in 2008. Our mission is to provide free magic character photo sessions for pediatric oncology patients to continue making little children's wishes come true and give their families photos to cherish forever!
The following are photos from Isabella's special photo session:
I would like to thank all those who were involved in donating their time and services for this specific event including, Martha Peralta from Bella Princess, Tammi Di' Antonia from Gianna Nicole's Heart of Hope Foundation, Chelsea Knutson, Karissa Tarpey, Nancy Contreras, Amy Booker, Pina Harvey, and the Oakeside Mansion in Bloomfield, NJ for donating the location.