On February 1, 2018 Kaylee Marshfield turned 6 years old. That same day her parents received a call that explained why their oldest daughter, Kaylee, had been sick for the past month. Todd and Kristina were told that Kaylee had a Wilm’s Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer.  I met Kaylee and her family in August 2018 at the New York State Fair; it was six months after she had been diagnosed and at the time Kaylee was in the midst of chemotherapy treatment, having lost her hair and a significant amount of weight. I spent the remaining five days of the New York State Fair with Kaylee and her family, slowly earning their trust and learning more about Kaylee’s condition and the family’s struggle to endure the financial and emotional strain of having a very sick child. For weeks and then months following the fair, the Marshfields allowed me to continue making photographs of what I originally believed was a story of a little girl’s battle with childhood cancer. As time passed and we became close it became clear hers was not "just" the story of a child with cancer but rather one of the nuanced dynamics of a family as they together navigated her diagnosis, treatment and life once found cancer-free.   Through it all, Kaylee has done her best to balance life as a first-grader, daughter, sister and cancer patient with the grace and maturity of someone many times her age.
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