I don't show people this photo. It's just an image that no one has seen for years. This is an image that made me hate photojournalism. I can't handle death, not on a level like this. I was asked to document a child and his struggle to find a marrow donor. His culture didn't believe in donating anything of themselves, not blood, not organs and certainly not bone marrow to save a life. The story was to make the asian culture more aware of how important it is to get registered. Joseph had a chance at a stem cell transplant which meant his entire blood supply was to be exchanged with a matching amount. His body at this time had finished swelling and his skin was starting to peel off after it had been stretched to it's limit. Joseph didn't make it. But this experience really changed me. I've always believed in being a registered bone marrow donor, I see it as anyone's chance to be a real life hero.
If you are interested in becoming a registered bone marrow donor go to this link. [link]