Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    Fine art portrait photographer Linnea Lenkus' project titled "Healing" has been made into a book, with the profit from book sales going to The Steel Magnolias, the fund raising organizations for the Stramski Children's Developmental Center at Miller Children's Hospital. More photos from the artist can be found at Linnea Lenkus' Web site, <a href="http://www.linnealenkus.com/" target="external">linnealenkus.com</a>.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "Transformation": Ross, left, was born with a cleft palate. He was relentlessly teased by children, and sadly even by his teachers. The harassment took its toll on his self-esteem when he was a teenager, and he got in trouble with the law. However, he found his second chance in life through his mother and his new family. He has transformed himself, and he says he is determined to be a positive role model for his son Rory, who also has a cleft palate.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "Scars of Healing": This undated image provided by Linnea Lenkus shows, left to right, Father Donald Groves, Aaron, Mother Debbie and Brittany, posing for a portrait in Long Beach, Calif. Aaron and Brittany are brother and sister have had 31 operations between them due to a condition called V.A.T.E.R. VATER is a syndrome that may result in abnormalities one or more of the following areas: Vertebrae, Anus, Trachea, Esophagus, and Renal (kidneys). There is no known cause for VATER although doctors believe a gene defect is involved.
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  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "Explaining Autism": David is a very intelligent teenager who has made tremendous strides to overcome his limitations. When asked what it was like to have autism, he tried to explain; he seemed to be checking into that place inside himself where autism lives.
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  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "24/7": Adriana, who has Rett syndrome, endures seizures daily and requires around-the-clock care. Her primary caretakers are her parents and her teenage brother and sister.
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  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "Three Ways to Feed the Heart": Aidan, who was born premature and has cerebral palsy, has had four surgeries, and now eats through a feeding tube.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "A Needed Caress": Charlie, whose twisted face is caressed by his mother, has Goldenhar syndrome, a rare congenital condition that is associated with deformities of the face.
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  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "Bonds of Brothers": Charles and Andreas are brothers who both have autism. Several past studies have been aimed at teasing apart the genetic roots of the condition.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "A Look at the Future": Kristyn's twin sister provides a glimpse of what she may look like in the future, because both have Goldenhar Syndrome, but Kristyn's is not as far advanced.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "The 'A's' Have It": Among these children, one has autism, another has Asperger's syndrome, and another has attention deficit disorder.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "Born In Silence": Brittany was born without ears. Her mother asked the artists to photograph her daughter with her hair pulled back so that she could come to terms with her daughter's affliction and heal in her heart.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
  • Healing: A Photography Project of Families with Children with Special Needs

    "A Different View of the World": When Michelle and Bart adopted their two children from Russia, they were unprepared for the medical and behavioral issues they would face. Michelle said she had convinced herself that she was just a "bad mother." She would learn from the Stramski Center that their son suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a common affliction among children of some Eastern European countries. Michelle credits the Stramski Center with saving their family's life.
    Courtesy Linnea Lenkus
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