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Joseph Parthemore - Update

Joseph at Wolfson Children's Hospital  (Image courtesy of the Parthemore family)

On Christmas Eve our Joseph Parthemore contracted pneumonia causing both of his lungs to collapse.  He was transported to Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.  Doctors discovered he developed respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a certain characteristic of pneumonia.  Since arriving to Wolfson's he has been heavily sedated and on a respirator.

On December 27th, thankfully, an X-ray showed improvement in his left lung.

As of today, Joseph remains sedated with the breathing tube until the infection passes and he can once again breath on his own.   This is a very difficult time for his family, as Joseph's dad, Dan Parthemore said, "He does not wake up, so I'm not sure if he knows I am there. "

The little guy has missed Christmas, and his 3rd birthday is this Friday, January the 4th.  Please keep Joseph and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

(We are postponing our fundraising walk sponsored by Flagler Beach Montessori that was to be scheduled for the end of January until Joseph is better.)

To keep everyone informed of our progress, the latest update about our transition is that we will be launching our new website along with our  organization's new name within the next three weeks, so please be on the lookout!  Sorry for the wait.

2012 has been a very humbling and inspiring year with many accomplishments and we look  forward to making many more in 2013!

A little note about Alyssa, in Fall of this year she joined a cheerleading squad for children with disabilities.  Her stepmother, Amy Hagstrom says she just loves it.

Another note, I had mentioned a few months back that Love for Alyssa was among one of the 200 finalists up for one of the 50 prestigious spots for Critical Mass 2012.  I am thrilled to say that Love for Alyssa made the 50!  Here is a link to the 50 Critical Mass winners of 2012.

Also, please have a look at Love for Alyssa on Photo Philanthropy.  This is a wonderful organization that helps photographers connect with other non profits and showcases the work photographers have done for different organizations. feel free to facebook like and share with others!)

Lastly, please have a look at fotovisura. This is a great outlet that supports photography; allowing photographers to share all sorts of different projects with the rest of the photo community. feel free to facebook like and share with others!)