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Just a quick note about a story at work that came up really suddenly last week. An 18-year-old went into heart failure Christmas Eve, and very quickly ended up at the Cleveland Clinic. I was the only shooter in the office when we heard about it, so I headed out with one of our producers to do an interview with the family on Thursday, Dec. 29.

I volunteered to be on call for the weekend (total no-brainer), and ended up getting a call Friday evening that there was a heart coming in. They asked me to shoot some stills for the Akron Beacon Journal, in addition to shooting video for the Clinic.

It’s an incredible story that’s still unfolding, and I’m hugely grateful to Porter and his family for trusting me and letting us in on a very difficult part of their life.

Full story on

Akron Beacon Journal front page for Jan. 7, 2012.

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