Renown Health Foundation & Nevada Museum of Art Introduce Miracle Children|
New Book & Exhibit Details Stories of Children Who Conquered Life-Threatening Illnesses
RENO, Nev. (July 13, 2009) – The Renown Health Foundation announces a new book titled Miracle Children of Renown. This book, with portraits by Reed Bingham, tells stories – in pictures and words – of 20 young people who survived life-threatening illnesses in the care of Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno, Nev. A partner exhibition titled Miracle Children: Portraits by Reed Bingham will be on exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art from July 18 through August 16, 2009.
Jan Johnson, healing arts development liaison at Renown Health, authored the book as a way to celebrate the many successful and uplifting stories that take place between children who have conquered severe health conditions and the expert care of Renown Health staff. Her choice to focus on children was to inspire people of all ages by sharing stories of the human experience.
“The children in this book are the portrait of survival,” said Johnson. “Their faces, which Reed captured perfectly, will inspire readers with hope, strength and the appreciation for the greatest gift of all – life.”
Bingham, who met Johnson at a lunch meeting in 2008, fell in love with the idea for the project and along with Johnson, decided each child would pose for an individual photograph.
“His pictures are astonishingly-beautiful – artistically shot in black and white with a major focus on a subject’s eyes,” said Johnson.
“The Museum is pleased to partner with Renown Children’s Hospital to present Mr. Bingham’s works,” said David Walker, executive director/CEO at the Nevada Museum of Art. “These beautiful portraits explore the resilience of the human spirit and offer an intimate glimpse into the character of the young subjects.”
Other people closely involved with this book include Stephen Davis, who developed the black and white film from Bingham’s two cameras; Nancy Peppin, who designed the book and Michael Sion, the editorial consultant.
Johnson thanks each family who shared their experience and extends gratitude to the staff of the pediatric, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care departments at Renown Children’s Hospital.
Miracle Children of Renown will be sold at Renown Regional Medical Center retail shops and the Renown Health Foundation. Cost for the book is $35.
Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the state affiliated with NACHRI (National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions). NACHRI is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1968, comprised of 215 Children's Hospitals. NACHRI supports the health and well-being of all children through support of children's hospitals that are committed to excellence in providing healthcare for children through clinical care, research, training and advocacy.
Renown Children's Hospital is the only Children's Miracle Network hospital in the region. Renown has been affiliated with CMN since 1985, and local CMN programs and events generate an average of $500,000 annually to benefit children in the Truckee Meadows.
**Media are invited to attend the exhibition premiere of Miracle Children: Portraits by Reed Bingham Saturday, July 18 from 4 – 6 p.m. Media must be escorted on Museum property. To arrange access, please contact Amy Oppio, Deputy Director, at 775-329-3333 ex. 251.
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