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Bloggers meet Miss Ellie Potvin…

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There is rarely a day that I don’t lift my hands up to the Lord and thank Him for EVERYTHING! The day that I learned of Miss Ellie Potvin, I threw my arms up EXTRA HARD! I received an email from Laurie Gattis with Gobsmacked Events and INSTANTLY knew I had to be part! This is what I read…


Hello all,
Today is no ordinary Monday… My heart is breaking by the second as I learn more and more about this family, and I feel compelled to reach out to as many people as I possibly can. Please forward as you see fit. (I apologize in advance if you receive duplicates of this email as I am sending to so many people)

I returned a phone call today to a potential client who called inquiring about my planning services for an upcoming birthday party for twin girls to be held in just a few short weeks. I talked to a friend of the Potvin family as she discussed her hopes of pulling together a birthday party for these soon to be 8 year old girls that would not be forgotten.

This family received news a few days ago, that Ellie Potvin’s cancer is back, and 10% curable with the best therapy. You must visit Ellie’s website below to gain full understanding of what this family is facing.

Without hesitation, I offered to help in any way possible. I will do whatever I can to attempt to take some of the focus off of the tragic news that was delivered to them this week, and make this day incredibly special for them.

I am reaching out to everyone I can to share this tragic story in hopes of bringing more people together to fight cancer in children! I hope to gain resources from those who provide to assist the Potvin family in celebrating their twin daughters’ 8 years of life at their birthday party on October 30th. If you feel that you can offer assistance, please let me know! Thank you for your consideration.


During my drive over, I cried the whole way. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would Ellie be feeling ill? Would there be lots of tears because of this terrible news? How in the world do parents handle these situations??? I can’t help but cry as I type this…UGH! But as I stepped off that elevator I was immediately filled with spirit. I heard the sounds of The Monster Mash playing in the background, I stared in awe and amazement at the delicious details that Laurie and her partner planned, but most importantly I saw a gorgeous Miss America running about smiling and laughing as though only sugar and spice ran through her blood. It was heaven!

So, I pray for her and her family everyday. I hope these images will always bring out rays of sunshine during their darkest moments. I’m eternally grateful to have been part of capturing this special time in this precious baby girl’s life.

For a larger glimpse, here is their Monster Mash SLIDESHOW!

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Ellie singing Taylor Swift! She was GREAT!

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Ellie and her twin sister, Grace!

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O M Gosh – Wednesday Adams was AWESOME!

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Y . M . C . A !

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Oh my heart be still – there is NOTHING better than children’s laughter and expressions!

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Candice {The Beautiful Mess} - wow. i’m with you on the tears. how powerful. thank you for reminding us of how blessed we truly are.November 5, 2009 – 12:20 pm

Maura - It seems you captured the momements for Ellie & her family perfectly. I can only imagine how many times little Grace will look back that those pictures, smile & remember her sister in heaven. Thank you for sharing your gift with them.June 29, 2010 – 9:01 am

Erin - Wow … these are amazing and I’m so grateful that you were able to take these photos of the twin’s last birthday together on Earth … I’m sure Grace will look at these photos for years to come on their birthday … Rest in Peace Ellie …October 31, 2010 – 2:11 pm

Kaylie Jackson - i love ellie! she’s a beautiful and pretty angel, and i watch one of her favorite videos. i prayed for her and her blessings. we love you,ellie shoal potvin! rest in peace,angel!January 11, 2011 – 5:21 pm

Fly Baby Fly | Angel Wings Anniversary » Charlotte Wedding Photographer - […] had the distinct pleasure of being one of the photographers to capture her last earthly birthday.  My world was forever changed that […]June 22, 2011 – 7:28 am

Caroline - WOW I wish I’d met Ellie. She’s inspired me – no other word for it! I wish I could just control-copy her pictures – if it’s okay, that is …October 12, 2011 – 2:00 am

An event for Ellie Potvin » Charlotte Wedding Photographer - […] had the pleasure and honor of photographing her last earthly birthday…a moment in time that will live in my heart.  And as well, helping to organize the Perfectly […]November 7, 2011 – 4:10 pm

Orlando Vargas - Todos los dias pienso en esta preciosa niña que ahora es un angel en el cielo, Dios Bendiga por siempre a su Hermosa familia ( Amy, Tim, Grace, Ava ) y que Ellie la pase increíble en el paraíso hasta el final de los tiempos.

Aunque no tuve la dicha de conocerla en persona y que nunca conocería por el idioma, distancia y razones obvias; siempre la llevaré en mi corazón.


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