Save the Cherubs
Cherubs are everywhere. They are your next door neighbor's new baby. The little girl on the swing set at the park. The teenager that sits behind your son in high school geometry class. The person behind you in the grocery store line. Their scars are hidden under clothes, their stories a bit sad and taboo to talk about - so the miracles are not seen with the naked eye and you have probably mistaken a cherub for a "normal" person many times. But they are there; walking miracles with invisible wings. And missing babies that belong to the grieving parents who you don't see grieve; your local bank teller, the man who held a door for you at the gas station, the old woman who drove the car in front of you at the stop light this morning. Cherubs are everywhere.
Unless you have been affected personally by CDH, you probably have never heard of it. The mission of "Save the Cherubs" is to make Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia a phrase everyone knows how to say and everyone knows what it means. By raising awareness, we hope to raise research funds to save these babies - Save the Cherubs.
Participating in "Save the Cherubs"
Who can participate?
Any members of CHERUBS, including both survivors and families of non-survivors. Siblings and other family members are welcome to be extras in the background of the photos. If you are not yet a member of CHERUBS, you can Join Today.
Will it cost me anything to participate?
Not at all except for a few hours of your time and maybe a little gas to drive to a photo shoot location.
Does Everyone need release forms?
Yes, everyone who is in the photo needs to sign a model release form.
Do I have to buy special clothes for the photo shoot?
No, models will wear every day clothes. We ask that models do *not* wear white clothing so the wings will be more visable. Wings will be provided either by the photographer or loaned out by CHERUBS.
How long will it take to schedule a photo shoot?
If we can easily find a photographer in your area, about 2 weeks. It may take longer if it is harder to find a volunteer photographer.
I know a photographer who will take my cherub's photograph. Can I use him or her?
Sure, if he / she will agree to do this shoot and sign the necessary paperwork to do so.
Will I get copies of the photographs after the shoot?
Yes, the photographer will send you no less than 10 photographs for your own personal use. He / she may also sell prints to you if you both agree to do so.
Can I post these photos on-line?
Only for personal use (on your blog, etc). However, you MUST give credit to the photographer and it would be nice if you gave the Save the Cherubs campaign credit as well.
Aren't these my photos to do anything that I want to with?
No, they are not. Copyrights belong to the photographers and we must respect that. CHERUBS has permission to use the photographs for this campaign. As a model, or guardian of a model, you have the right use these photos for personal reasons only. You cannot sell them, print them to distribute, use them in any other campaign, etc.
How do I get the local media to participate?
Call, e-mail, write - be persistant! This campaign IS a big deal! CDH Awareness is a newsworthy event! If you sent your e-mails / letters and didn't hear back within a week - call them!
I want to see my child on a billboard!
How do I do that? Contact your local billboard company (the phone number is usually listed at the bottom of billboards) and ask them to donate space!