Never, ever forget.

Today marks one year since the passing of a remarkable little girl, Payton Makenna Wright.

Please take a few minutes to click on the Categories link on the side of the blog that says Payton Wright, and read — or reread — the posts that I made during the time I got to spend with Payton.  If you have time, please visit Payton’s website .

I can’t even guess how many times I’ve thought about Payton since I met her and her family.  I can’t begin to imagine the pain her family has endured during her illness, treatment, and now being without her.  I can tell you with certainty that attending and photographing her memorial service was one of the most heartwrenching things I have ever done, and I will never forget.  I can tell you that I look at her images often, have a picture of her in the studio, and all of us at Catch A Star have silver frogs from her service on our desks, and we will not forget. I learned from Payton’s family that childhood cancer does not have the funding that it should, not near the funding of many other cancers, in spite of being one of the top killers of children each year, and I will not forget the child that they lost.

Please hug your children and be glad that they are here with you and healthy, because there is no greater gift.


PS — the links on my blog are apparently outdated for both Payton’s site and her slideshows.  Her website, as linked above, is now  The slideshows of images that I took of Payton are accessible from her site, by clicking on the links in the sidebar.  The slideshows will open automatically.  There is also an error in the first slideshow (August 2006) in that the images Payton took of her family, which are included in the slideshow, are not in their own separate folder as they are supposed to be — we will fix that and republish under the same link asap.

Update 6/22/08: links should all be corrected now, and the corrected slideshow should be uploaded in the next day or two.

June 5, 2008 - 11:40 am

Anna Mayer - Oh wow, what a lovely little girl she was. This sweet child’s life is a bitter-sweet reminder to hug my babies. Thank you for sharing.

June 7, 2008 - 8:30 am

Tina H. - I remember following her story along with your blog. Sweet little girl and I will pray for her family. It’s great that they will have those images of their precious little girl.

June 16, 2008 - 10:52 pm

lori - I to think of payton often … I hope hugs, good times, loud times, silly times, sad times, ahead for a family that has already faced the hardest thing in can face in life. As you go through this journey it can take all of those emotions to feel. God Bless your family I wish you could have had her forever with you. Sincerely, Lori

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