Touched

I’ve been struggling for a few days on trying to find the words to describe where I spent this past Saturday afternoon. The truth is, I just can’t find the words, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Just a summary: Eight-year-old Autumn has an inoperable brain tumor. Diagnosed at the age of 4, she’s been through surgery and two rounds of chemotherapy. Saturday afternoon, while she was at the Tennessee Aquarium, almost 2 dozen volunteers from Special Spaces of Chattanooga completely redecorated her bedroom. I was lucky enough to capture her first reaction as she and the rest of her family came home to her new room.

Find the whole story here: TFP Special Spaces for Kids Who Need Them

Here are the photos that didn’t run, which, in my opinion were the best in terms of moments, but not in terms of telling the story.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Toni Henry, left, kisses the hand of her sister, Anne Strunk, the Chattanooga director for Special Spaces, as they finish redecorating the room of Autumn Duggan, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 4. Special Spaces is a nonprofit organization that redecorates the rooms of children with life threatening illnesses.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Anne Strunk, the Chattanooga director for Special Spaces, fights back tears Saturday afternoon as she stands in the doorway of the redecorated room of Autumn Duggan.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Anne Strunk, left, the Chattanooga director of Special Spaces, and her sister Toni Henry, hug Saturday afternoon as they stand in the doorway of the redecorated room of Autumn Duggan, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 4. Special Spaces is a nonprofit organization of volunteers that redecorate the rooms of children with life threatening illnesses.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Autumn Duggan reacts as she enters her redecorated bedroom for the first time Saturday afternoon at her home in Cleveland, Tenn.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Autumn Duggan reacts as she enters her redecorated bedroom for the first time Saturday afternoon at her home in Cleveland, Tenn.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Autumn Duggan hugs her father, Ryan Duggan, as the rest of her family enters her redecorated bedroom for the first time Saturday afternoon at the family’s home in Cleveland, Tenn.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Autumn Duggan repeats a song that she and her father sing to help her through the process of chemotherapy as she stands in her redecorated bedroom for the first time Saturday afternoon at her home in Cleveland, Tenn.

Staff Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Chattanooga Times Free Press – January 28, 2012. Sonya Duggan, left, recieves a hug from the Chattanooga director of Special Spaces, Anne Strunk, Saturday afternoon at the Duggan’s home in Cleveland, Tenn.

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