Madelyn Hadikin, affectionately known as ‘Madygirl’ by her close knit family, has cerebral palsy with a seizure disorder and microcephaly (her head is abnormally small for the size of her body). However, her diagnosis doesn’t diminish this five-year-old’s outgoing and exuberant personality.
Her family drives an hour one way each day from Langley, B.C., and after arriving in Vancouver’s Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Madygirl’s mood instantly changes, her infectious smile beaming the minute she sees familiar faces surrounding her. This image was made while she was in the art room, getting ready to paint a Blossom of Hope art bowl for auction at the Canuck Place Gift of Time gala held Oct 27, 2012.
Although living with serious difficulty, Mady creates a positive and warm energy flow to those caring for her symptoms and pain management. Her photo was featured during this special event, and the donors responded graciously, successfully raising $700,000.00 that evening to continue the gift of supporting critical palliative care to children and families across B.C. Madygirl may not be aware of how this picture changes the lives of others—but her family sure does.
PhotoSensitive is a non-profit collective of photographers committed to using black-and-white photography to address social issues. PhotoSensitive’s new exhibition, Picture Change, is a Toronto-based show dedicated to highlighting the ways that photography makes a difference in the world by provoking action, reflection, or even a change in a policy or law.