The Gillis Family is nothing short of amazing. They have had to go through what no parent can even imagine, the loss of a child. Baby boy, Bowen Thomas Gillis was born early April of 2011 with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) and lost his fight with it just 14 days after birth. This family allowed God to bring hope, inspiration, and encouragement out of such a tremendous tragedy. I was overwhelmed by their unwavering faith, perseverance, & out pour of their hearts during such difficult circumstances. I was honored to attend the funeral services and keep up with Bowen’s story on their family blog. Their story has touched the lives of thousands and helped raise awareness for the disease. Mac & Heather successfully put together a team & completed an iron man to help raise money for the PKD Foundation. In addition, they hosted their first PKD Casino Night last October that served as a fundraiser to help reach their goal of raising $20,000 for the PKD Foundation. It was huge success and their goal was achieved! I have truly been blessed by them and their incredible faith. It was an honor to be able to photograph their family this fall. I know they are still grieving the loss of Bowen, but it brought joy to my heart to see them treasure the moments they have with their other two children, Brooklyn & Blake.
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness’. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9-10