After a year and a half of hospital visits, anxiety and learning to love a family and God, the Daugherty family welcomed a photographer into their lives. They welcomed someone who would capture the moments, love, family and growth a disease could cultivate.
The photographer joined the family the day the Daugherty’s learned four more tumors had made their home in Christian’s head. With the news, life sprung into a spiral of events the first week! Above all else, the Daugherty’s love, pray and live every day to the fullest.
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The 10th was the twins’ 8th birthday. To celebrate, the family went to Build-A-Bear, Chuck E. Cheese and Fuji Sushi & Habachi. Along with a flat that day, the family came home with new toys and memories. The big birthday bash began to be planned as Christian and Elijah made crystals from a science kit. With headaches growing more common — along with a protruding tumor above Christian right ear — the money in Christian’s savings grew! He saved for over a year to buy Grace an American Girl doll (which she named Christina after Christian). A donation was made which helped Christian with the last bit of money for the doll.
Every minute of Saturday was filled with things to do! First, the day began with Ball State’s Dance Marathon where the family was honored, told their story to thousands of college students and money was raised for Riley Hospital for Children. Grace and Christian made a point to help raise over $100 by challenging college students to either 10 push-ups or donating $5.
After, Delaware County Championship Wrestling honored Christian prior to their event. “The Cutter” even came up to Christian beforehand and asked to pray with the family. The community then came together to help clean the chairs in MadJax for the birthday bash the following day! The bash welcomed more than 300 people to celebrate the twins’ 8th birthday with a bounce house, unicorn and Flash decorations and cake and so much more.
The twins concluded the week exhausted, full of happiness and blessed with more gifts than their hands could hold.
“God is Good All the Time…”