Alex, an 18 year old from Fairfield, Connecticut loves bird watching. It is referred to as “birding” and it is a hobby he developed at age 5 and has a great deal of talent for. Alex began to study birds at age 5 because he was very ill. Alex battles a life threatening medical condition that has made his childhood experience a difficult one. But anyone who knows him would agree that he is a boy with determination, intellect and generosity. Alex would bird-watch out his window when he was home sick, and he soon began to research and learn all about them. Birding has provided a unique escape for Alex, changing his difficult days in bed to educational and interesting moments.
When Wish-Granting Volunteers came to meet Alex and his family, they didn’t have to ask many questions to discover Alex’s one true wish. He wanted a state of the art camera so he could photograph the birds he watched. The Connecticut Audubon Society, along with many volunteers recognized Alex’s hobby and built a bird sanctuary in his yard a few years ago. Alex’s grandfather shares his passion for birding and he and Alex frequently travel to discover and photograph new birds. A new state of the art camera would allow Alex to take professional pictures, which would be helpful because he has already had some of his pictures published in birding magazines!
“There are so many things about birding,” Alex said. “From the aesthetics of the birds — they’re beautiful — to going out to the field, to the unknown. You never know what you will see.”
A special wish delivery party was thrown in Alex’s honor at Milford Photo on the day that he would receive his brand new camera. Canon and Milford Photo joined forces to make sure Alex’s wish was a great one, including not only the brand new camera of his dreams, but high-end supportive equipment to help him continue in his passion as well. And the Connecticut Audubon Society presented Alex with a lifetime membership, too!
For Alex, the chance to look forward in life and pursue his passion for birding and photography has given him a sense of hope, strength and joy that will last him a lifetime.
Thank you, Milford Photo and Canon for helping to make Alex's wish come true.