WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: UA Steele Children’s Research Center; 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Room 3301 (3rd floor of UAMC).
The UA Steele Children’s Research Center will host a “Patient Photo Party” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m., to celebrate the completion of its photo exhibit project.
The photography was donated by Phoenix photographer Allison Tyler Jones.
Patients who participated in the project, their families, doctors, nurses and other caregivers will attend the celebration, along with Jones and staff from the Steele Center.
“We are so grateful for Allison’s beautiful photography donation to the Steele Center,” said Lori Stratton, director of development at the Steele Center. “This is a priceless gift.”
Jones came to the Steele Center in April and photographed patients who receive medical care from The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s, the Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults, the Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Clinic at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus.
The photos are displayed throughout the halls of the Steele Center, its boardroom and the Elks Clinic.
Jones explained her donation to the Steele Center by saying:
“In addition to being a photographer, I am also the mother of two special needs children. I could relate to those parents watching their children being photographed that day. You could see in the parents’ faces that they are in a battle for their children's health and development; that every tiny gain is cause for celebration, while every step back is just another obstacle to overcome. They never give up, they never lose hope.
As I watched the parents watching their children being photographed, I realized that there is no price that can be put on portraying these children and families and that this is a way that I can give back.
I want the viewer of these images to see that while these kids may have health or developmental problems, that they are, first and foremost, KIDS. Not just patients or a diagnosis but someone's child who does the things that kids do, dream the dreams that kids dream and each has the promise of an amazing life and deserves the best treatment that the advancements of science can offer. It is a measure of our society how we take care of our children; we have to do everything we possibly can, nothing less.”