“I loved watching her smile – she was really happy. And she can now pursue her dreams and take amazing photos.”
Bella became very lethargic, and was repeatedly coming down with strep throat and painful kidney infections. She underwent testing, and was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder where clusters of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys, causing them to enlarge and lose function over time. Bella also has dysautonomia, a condition where the autonomic nervous system (ANS) affects the functioning of many organs. She frequently goes to the hospital, undergoes physical therapy, takes steroids and multiple medications to help ease her discomfort. There are no treatments to cure Bella, and she struggles with immense pain on a daily basis.
Bella’s happiness comes from photography, and she dreamed about taking beautiful photos. It clicked right away how to make her wish picture perfect. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses, purchased a professional Canon Camera bundle for Bella, fully loaded with lots of accessories to further inspire her love of photography.
To teach Bella how to utilize all of the camera’s amazing features and capture images like a professional, portrait photographer Tracy Houghham graciously provided her with a private lesson. The picturesque outdoor setting also provided Tracy with a beautiful backdrop for taking photos of Bella experiencing her special day. “My favorite part today was taking pictures and talking to everybody,” said Wish Kid Bella. “I loved it… it was so exciting.”
“I loved watching her smile – she was really happy,” said her mom Tanya. “And she can now pursue her dreams and take amazing photos.”
- Kids Wish Network would like to thank Tracy Hougham Photography for making Bella’s dreams become a reality.