mended hearts * gainesville, florida child photographer

this past saturday was the Mayday picnic for the Broken Hearts of the Big Bend, an organization dedicated to support pediatric heart patients and their families in the Florida region. it was held at Lake Wauburg, a hidden oasis near Gainesville. and docs, like my husband, were invited to join their patients who had heart transplants and other surgeries for a fun-filled day.  and fun it, swimming, pedal boats, mini-massages and more.  and they so kindly asked me to take photographs of their kids and i felt so honored to contribute. the children relayed their stories about their surgeries, scars, stays in the hospital, recoveries and more surgeries.  and i was amazed at their strength, resilience and courage. but what touched me the most was their special bond with each other.

take a look at some of the photos from the day....

thanks for reading, mikifoto by mallika malhotra