Photography by Lalee Photography
Meet Madilyn. She is Beauty Revived.
“Do small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa
When I received 11-year old Madilyn Loper’s nomination from her school teacher, Mrs. White, I teared up reading what she had to say about this beautiful young lady. And after meeting Madi and getting to work on this project with her, I got to know first hand that Madi is a beautiful young soul.
Madi wants to make the world a more beautiful place for elderly people struggling with Dementia and Alzheimers. She spends her Saturdays and any free time she has at a local clinic for Dementia and Alzheimers patients playing games with them, helping them and just simply by giving them company. Her teacher, Mrs. White, wrote in her nomination of Madi that Madi said, “I play games with them and make them happy. They have forgotten who they are, but I help them with finding their walkers and their rooms. I just try to make their lives better before they go to heaven”. That last line is what really got to me, that she just wants to better their lives before they go to heaven. And something as simple as spending time with someone, playing a game or simply talking to them could make such an impact. It takes a mature, selfless, kind-hearted person to want to spend their free time doing something that I can imagine must be very difficult at times, and that is truly who Madi is at her core.
Madi got involved in coming to the clinic because her mom works there. After her mom brought her along a few times, she began asking to come and now loves it. She has such a respect for the patients she gets to know and help to care for that is so evident when she speaks of them. She truly cares for them. She told me of a time recently when she was playing Uno with 3 women at the clinic and one of them didn’t know how to play. Madi took the time to teach her and they all had such a great time together. She said it made her feel great to be able to help them play and have a fun time. Such a simple act that made such a difference in those women’s day.
Madi speaks with such passion about wanting to help people with Dementia and Alzheimers. She says, “It is hard to see them struggle and know currently there is no cure. We need to raise awareness for Dementia because we need to take care of the older generation.” That an 11-year old is thinking about the older generation so much and so worried about them is incredibly heartwarming.
Madi really hopes that the future holds a cure for this terrible disease and has plans to continue helping however she can as she gets older. In my time with her I came to realize what a special little girl she is and how lucky those around her are to have her in their lives. She truly is beautiful both inside and out, and with such a compassionate and giving heart I look forward to seeing the wonderful work she does raising awareness and working with her patients in the future.
About the Photographer
Lauri Tripaldi is a lifestyle family photographer based in Bethlehem, PA. She is the wife of the funniest guy in the world, a mom to two little crazy kids (& one more on the way!) and a lover of sour gummi candy. She loves her family, photographs and sunshine and in her spare time can be found reading or making up silly songs with her kids.