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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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8TeamFriends8 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
:( That's so sad to hear, but I believe God create Joseph the angel he is today. I will see the link you mentioned on your description.
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Aikuwo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Honestly I have no words. The image speaks for its self. Photojournalism is powerful and i'm glad you keep doing it. You open the eyes of those that don't know the world. You make them see a world through your eyes.  
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JodyS Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Such a sad story :( 
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skullzhead Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RIP
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IamTheGoldenFOX Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
how terribly sad.
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TheNewLeyany8 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
The story is depressing and very emotional, it is cute at the same time. I wish he would have made it, he sounded like an interesting and loving little boy. 
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Pichulover20 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's a powerful story. 

I would have donated to him...
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DarkerThanTheShadows Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That poor little boy. May he know peace and have everlasting happiness in a new life that he didn't have in this one.
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thebird49 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Very intense photo.

To me, this is what journalism should be. Not a bunch of sensationalist and celebrity dreck. But, real, raw emotion.

Bethematch has my full support. Thank you so much for finding the strength to post this.
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student General Artist
In my country, when a person needs a bone marrow, tens thousands come and donate blood. But in many cases even this is not enough to save a life. It is very hard to find a fitting person, even when people are eager to help.

It is very sad indeed that this little kid did not stand any chance... Photojournalism is very complicated...
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snivy27 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Poor Baby. I have been wishing to  donate blood and all I can donate for years but I have some problems with my blood that does not allow me too. I am able to get treated and will as soon as I break away from my father and can get medicine to make my blood okay for donation.
Thank you for sharing this tragedy.
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wordeea Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
photo-journalism is such a double edges sword ...
i am a donor - bone marrow or otherwise... maybe one day i will help someone
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Khukee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So heart-breaking. Such a remarkable and powerful photo. It makes me happy to think that I'm a organ donor! Congrats on a truly well deserved DD, and thank you for sharing it with the world.
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Fainalotea Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the photo is so heartbreaking...I am so sorry for the poor boy, and bless you for spreading this message out. Also, congrats on the DD, you surely deserved it
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girlfriendtails Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
poor him...rest in peace joseph
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Victoria-Summerheart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   General Artist
Whoa
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Another sad story of religion denying Godīs will.
Another one of us who gave his life,although not willingly,to remind us of our purpose.
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MethusulaComics Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013

:iconmanlytearsplz::iconsaysplz:..... rest in peace joseph.....

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WarriorKatharosKat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This picture reached out to my heart.
Thank you for sharing and congrats on the DD
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MetalWolfGemstone Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its for reasons like this that I've donated blood many times and bone marrow and on my ID I have given permission to donate all working organs if I die in an accident. I survived a car accident when I was ten because of people who donated their blood. I owe my life to them and want to give back and help others.

A very deep and sad picture. I hope this helps spread awareness and get people seriously thinking.
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TiteArumi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew this photo had something more than the other ones... Strong words. Very strong words, for a very strong image of this child.
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WishToLiveAgain Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Yes, I shall register to become a bone marrow donor!
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WishToLiveAgain Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Joseph, I'm so sorry you couldn't stay with us a little bit longer, but I know that you are in a better place
R.I.P. Joseph

Thank you for sharing this photo with us, I salute you
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fantasygirl2000 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What Horror! What kind of mother leaves her child die, when you have a chance to save him!
I always wanted to be a blood donor edoar my organs when I die, but this story has motivated me even more.
It must have been hard to live this tragedy! You have to be a very strong person.
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
She personally might not have had the choice. Parents aren't usually a first choice of donor anyway, and she might not have been compatible. Full siblings offer the best chance of a perfect match, but he might not have had any, and even if he did there's no guarantee. And if there was only a very limited pool of unrelated donors to screen...well, if none of them are a match, there's not much you can do.
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Renewalazar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm so sorry to hear this. This breaks my heart knowing stuff like this happens all the time... I think your a good person for doing this, making people aware. 
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LonesomeBookworm Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh... oh my God... When I stumble upon stories like these on occasion they hit me so hard :( Congratulations on the DD
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Mr-Pink-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I'm sorry to hear he didn't make it...but I feel sorrier for cultures like his.  At the risk of stating my opinion, having a culture that doesn't believe in donating anything of themselves sound selfish.  Still, it's a very touching photo...well deserving of the DD!
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15sjens Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awe. So sad
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voltragamer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Artist
this is so sad very heartwarming image. :(
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suneidesis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   Artist
This is a really powerful photo and story.  Wow.
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mizzmint Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a powerful photo and description ):
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lopsidelibby Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
IM SO SORRY ABOUT HIM!!  :iconcryforeverplz:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
It's a very sad situation and i hope with today's extra exposure can make people more aware of this problem.
Have a nice day! :heart:
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NishinoKioshi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the well deserved DD.
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YippityYap Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beloved piece, that will move the hearts of many. I hope more people start to donate. I can't imaging the life of Joseph. ♥



whoa hoes is dat

is dat


a blck.

asian?

omg
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LonesomeBookworm Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well... Bangladesh IS technically an Asian country, right?
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lopsidelibby Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
does it really matter?
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Princes-BrokenDreams Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Call me heartless but truely this is the first DD that made me cry xc this is a really powerful peice Im not a register bone marrow doner (unless organ doner also means bone marrow) but poor thing... at least he isnt suffering right?

Thank you for spreading awarrness for bone marrow
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raquelvonkaminaru Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't really know what to say about this photo. It is a strong piece of photojournalism and I am glad you won a DD with this, otherwise I wouldn't have seen the photo.
So, congratulations for your strength, courage and for raising awareness. And for the DD.
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