Tuesday, May 8, 2012


This is Gus. He lost his life this past November at the age of fourteen to Muscular Dystrophy. Please help by making a donation in his name.
Amy Rich Photography is searching for the cutest kid!! Do you know him/her?
If you have the cutest kid then send in their photo to arphotography@comcast.net and I will place them on my website: www.AmyRichPhotography.com . Whoever gets the most votes wins!!
Voting begins on Wednesday, May 9th. Each vote is $1 (or buy votes in bulk and get more!) and all proceeds go to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The winner will receive a $500 photography package/session from Amy Rich Photography and will get to be on the COVER and chosen month of her new photography calendar!! Each of the remaining months will be filled with the next eleven winners and each of these winners will receive a mini calendar shoot session!
Don't have a cute kid? You can still help other families dealing with this tragic disease by donating at this link:
Does it cost anything to enter? No! It is totally free to enter your child or children.
Do you have to have taken the photo? No. I accept any photo of your child.
How do I enter? Send in the photo to arphotography@comcast.net and I will place it on the website. Then have all of your friends and family members go to www.AmyRichPhotography.com , click on the tab marked: "Client Proofing" and find model search in the drop box. Find your child's photo and order votes! It is simple!
How do I vote? See above
How can we keep track? I will be posting who is in the lead periodically on my facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/amyrichphotography
Why are you doing this fundraiser?
GREAT QUESTION!!! I did a fundraiser for MDA two years ago and this past November a very dear friend lost her son to this disease. Here is her story.
On March 5, 1997 a tiny peanut of a boy was born with dark brown hair and chocolate drops for eyes. He was beautiful! He was James Augustine Vargason--called "Gus."
As he grew, his younger siblings began to outrun and outperform him. His mother noticed he had trouble climbing in and out of the car. After much prodding, Gus's doctor realize something wasn't quite right. Tests confirmed the doctor's hunch--muscular dystrophy. MD is a fatal genetic disorder that would take away what limited abilities he had and would eventually take his life.
So his parent took him home and did their best to treat him like a normal child--tried not to focus on the disability but the boy. He grew and developed and blossomed into a quiet young boy who loved legos, bionicles, transformers, jazz, and movies. Dispite all of his set backs, he never gave into self pity or expected special treatment. If anything, he always wanted to do things himself without help.
Last October Gus began to get sick and couldn't keep food down. Doctors at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital told his parents that Gus's heart muscle was failing. They didn't know how much time he would have left--maybe a year at the most. He died on November 13. He was only 14.
Won't you please lighten the load for boys like Gus and their families? Even good medical coverage doesn't cover all the cost incurred for a patient with MD and MDA does their best to fill that gap. Your donation helps pay for leg splints, wheel chairs, and medicines that make life with muscular dystrophy a little less daunting.
It is too late for Gus, a great kid who loved jazz and playing Fruit Ninja. However, it is not too late to help so many others. Please donate.