There are a lot of remarkable people in life but none come close to the children who’ve endured and fought cancer. The Portrait Project: Courage and Cancer captures that spirit.

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When four-year-old Dyrk Burcie walked in for his photo shoot last year – he clung to his father, Dallas firefighter Dameon Burcie. Little Dyrk’s red Spiderman rain boots dangled at his feet. His sweet face and bright eyes masked the long fought battle that would ultimately take his life. In that hour, The Portrait Project captured the images that his family would use at his funeral. The portraits that now grace the walls of their home. [A portrait of Dyrk Burcie taken last year for the Portrait Project went viral with over 2.5 million views and 250,000 likes on Facebook.]

The Portrait Project: Courage and Cancer provides families of children fighting cancer with a large canvas portrait. The unveiling even in September honors those little fighters and also raises money for The Children’s Cancer Fund in Dallas.

The Third Annual Portrait Project unveiling will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Sewell Subaru showroom in Dallas.

Tickets are $25 each and will go on sale Aug. 9 at eventbrite.com. The event is limited to the first 200 people and is expected to sell out. 100% of each ticket proceed goes to the Dallas based non-profit The Children's Cancer Fund which funds childhood cancer research at Children's Medical Center in Dallas and UT-Southwestern.

Take a look at the faces of this year’s project on facebook.com/portraitproject

The Portrait Project was co-founded by Meagan Harris and David Quisenberry. 

McKinney Online

Harris is an executive producer at WFAA-TV in Dallas. Her idea to start The Portrait Project came after meeting 14-year-old Payton Agnew while shooting a story. Nearing the end of a very long fight with cancer, Payton made jewelry and donated the money to The Children’s Cancer Fund. Her life and death inspired this project. To her family and many others who’ve lost loved ones, portraits are priceless.

Harris won 12 Lone Star Emmys for various newscasts, stories and special programs. She most recently was the recipient of the Service to America Award for work she did with Belo Corp. and Rachel’s Challenge.

Quisenberry is an award winning portrait photographer based in McKinney. It’s the emotion captured in his portraits that make his photography truly unique. A single photo can have the ability to move people and evoke emotion even without words. Quisenberry’s mother died of breast cancer when he was a boy. He only has one photograph of her. She’s the inspiration behind his work. Visit davidquisenberry.com.