meet dainere

Dainere is 12 years old.

Just over a year ago, she was diagnosed with a malignant and aggressive brain tumour.

Since then, nothing has been the same for Dainere, her parents Yvonne and Stephen, and her siblings Nalani and Jarrett.

You can read all about it in her book, “You have to go through a storm to get to a rainbow”, which launches this week. It’s an adaptation of Dainere’s blog, where she continues to write with extraordinary maturity and candour about her journey with cancer.

I was able to spend a couple of hours with Dainere and her family while I was in Canberra last weekend, and I feel so blessed to have met them! It’s rare to see this much love, courage and humour in one family, and seeing it in the face of such adversity leaves a lasting impression.

Anyway, enough words. Here are some photos, all taken in or near Dainere’s home. Also starring Tinkerbell and Theodore. Enjoy 🙂

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Thanks so much to the Anthoney family for welcoming me into your lives to have these photos taken! I feel richer for having met you. Dainere, I’m sorry I can’t make it to your book launch, but I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic, and I can’t wait to read all about it on your blog!

Thanks also to Carol Duncan from 1233 ABC Newcastle and Tess from the Starlight Children’s Foundation for making this very special portrait session happen. Twitter helped, too 😉

In the lead-up to Dainere’s book launch, her story was featured on Stateline recently. Click here to check it out.

To buy Dainere’s book, click here. Proceeds will be donated to brain tumour research. I’m off to pre-order mine now 🙂

13 May 2010 - 11.09am

Anna - Luke, you are a brilliant photographer with a kind and generous heart – congratulations!

22 April 2010 - 6.05pm

Leanne - Luke, Dainere’s spirit is beautiful and so are these photos.

21 April 2010 - 1.48pm

Ian and Ellen Newhouse - Dear Luke
We are Dainere’s grandparents and want to compliment you on the beautiful photos you have taken of our family, especially those of our beautiful Dainere.

20 April 2010 - 8.03am

melanie - as always fantastic

19 April 2010 - 11.11am

Denise - Such a beautiful girl and a lovely family, the photos are just way above special.

19 April 2010 - 9.31am

Deb - beautiful…as always

19 April 2010 - 8.28am

Bernadette - What a beautiful family! What a strong, amazing, beautiful young girl with a cheeky grin. You have done a great job Luke, such a special gift for Dainere and her family.

19 April 2010 - 8.15am

steph - wow… i love these photos and i don’t know them… can only dimly imagine how wonderful they will be for dainere’s family and friends… and for dainere herself! that brave young girl is already a star, but it looks like you probably made her feel like one too 🙂

19 April 2010 - 8.02am

Carol Duncan - Oh Luke, they are so very beautiful … I’m crying just going through them!

Thank you so much for offering to help Dainere and her family, and for truly understanding how significant your gift will become to them.

I wish we could do this for EVERY sick child … and it pains me that we can’t … but here’s one amazing girl whose dream is coming true.

Thank you!

xx

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