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Joseph by aimeesantos Joseph by aimeesantos
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]
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Joseph by ~aimeesantos ( Featured by 1pen )
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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art4life217 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful and tragic. Rest in peace joseph 
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mashaheart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a blood donor and I'm glad I made that decision. This photo is really touching and it made me cry inside a little...
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glorifield Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You inspired me take action. I am now a donor.
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L1GHTWorker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thank You Angel <3
One Must Maintain A Balanced Perspective.
Highest Blessings To All ~*~
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Rest in peace Joseph rest in peace 
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pnoithingy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
wow...
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thundertwinkies Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
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FantasyEleven Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist
All that emotion in one picture....I'm so sorry. I really hope that you have managed to raise enough awarness for the future.
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
This is a very powerful photo. It's sad hat he didn't make it.
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