posted by Joseph Gidjunis on December 24, 2014 Return to Non-Profits

Yangzi’s Make-A-Wish Run in Philadelphia

This fall we spent time with Yangzi, a high school student from New Jersey, who loves to run.  This love for running has not been hindered by the cancer that took his right leg. And using a combination of motion and still images, we have been able to spend time showcasing the fantastic work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation that led us to Yangzi. They work to make sure kids facing life-threatening illnesses get a rare opportunity to fulfill a dream or wish. His wish included us, but honestly, we were the ones being inspired by him.

Losing his leg did not slow Yangzi down. He now has a metal blade prosthetic, and it was beautiful to watch him kick ass running with it. As a teenager he has overcome so much already and his maturity was evident as we spoke and got to know each other throughout the day. He is such a sweet kid, and I loved making him look like an Olympic runner.

We went to Kelly Drive in Philadelphia and Yangzi, decked out in his Adidas running gear, showed his stuff against the gorgeous burnt orange foliage and shimmering water behind him. Crew boaters passed him while I captured him being the champion he is. One of the most epic shots is where he looks like he is flying along the path, silhouetted against the pinks and blues of the sunset.

It was amazing to see how now after Yangzi endured through so many medical and emotional trials, his life is now flourishing with hope and possibilities.

As passionate non-profit photographers, JPG is thrilled to be a part of Make-A-Wish’s new project and to lend our skills to serve people who deserve the spotlight. Make sure to check back as we release more info on our work with Make-A-Wish as they do the important job of granting wishes across the country.


Joe G.

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