I have known about Amelia and her condition for a couple of months now, ever since Julie Arthur filled me in about it all, and how she wanted to give Amelia a fashion shoot. But Amelia became too ill and the shoot never happened.

Late Tuesday night Julie sent me an SOS on Facebook asking if I was available on Thursday to help her photograph Amelia’s Holy Communion. After all that Julie had told me about Amelia how could I say no?

After speaking to Julie about timings and where everything was happening, I was happy when she said that Father Denis had given permission to shoot through the whole ceremony. For some reason, I kept thinking back to Father Ted and wanted to call him Father Dougle instead of Denis, but after saying over a couple of times, Denis stuck.

After meeting with Amelia I have to say she didn’t strike me as an eight year old child who has Neuroblastoma. She is very bright and happy, everyone around her is the same, if it wasn’t for the fact that I knew about her condition, I wouldn’t have said she had cancer at all..

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Father Denis informed us on the day that Amelia didn’t like a lot of attention, so I long lensed the ceremony, only breaking out the wide angle for the group shots.

Throughout the Cermemony Amelia had the support from her family, friends and school.

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Some of Amelia’s friends had written prayers for Amelia and read them out.

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia’s cheaky year group photo.

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer
 

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia is a great kid, at 8 she’s been through more that most have will in a lifetime. She is so upbeat about everything and seems like nothing will get her down. All of her school friends were very supportive and caring it’s great to see.

Seeing something like this certainly helps put your own trivial matters into place and how lucky you actually are.

It was an honour for me to attend the Communion and I wish Amelia and her family the best.

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