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2023 IMPACT REPORT

The Trixi Lou Project helps curate lasting legacies through post-diagnosis photography, regardless of ability to pay.

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It is with immense gratitude that I write to you today, reflecting on the profound journey we have embarked upon over the last year. The Trixi Lou Project was founded on the belief that every moment is precious, and every story deserves to be cherished and remembered.


The mission of The Trixi Lou Project is to document the intimate and powerful moments of those facing terminal diagnoses, creating timeless legacies through the art of photography. We capture the essence of connection, love, and resilience in the face of life's most challenging circumstances. These photographs serve not only as cherished memories for families but as enduring testaments to the human spirit and the bonds that unify us all.


With your unwavering support and generosity, we have been able to offer comfort and solace to countless families, providing them with tangible mementos of their loved ones. These images are more than just pictures; they are stories of courage, love, and the irreplaceable connections that define our lives. As we continue to grow and reach more families, we are reminded that our work is deeply meaningful and profoundly impactful.


Thank you for believing in our vision and for standing with us on this heartfelt mission. Your contributions, whether through donations or spreading the word, make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Together, we are creating a legacy of connection that will be treasured for generations to come.

With gratitude, 

LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER

1,643

Legacy Session images delivered

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71

people served

$3502
 

donated by individual donors

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94
 

intentional conversations

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HIGHLIGHTS

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LOOKING BACK

  • The Trixi Lou Project engaged in conversations with a wide variety of community organizations and healthcare facilities in order to raise awareness about the importance of Legacy Sessions. Through these targeted outreach efforts, the Trixi Lou Project successfully brought this impactful program to the attention of the broader community, ensuring that more terminally ill individuals and their loved ones will be able to access and benefit from the transformative experience of Legacy Sessions during an otherwise unimaginably difficult time.

  • Since The Trixi Lou Project was officially founded in August 2023, Allison has been honored to serve a number of families at different stages in the post-terminal diagnosis journey. Providing these images that serve as a reminder of the beauty and dignity of life, even in it's concluding stages, is Allison's greatest passion.

  • The Trixi Lou Project's inaugural event, Get to Know Trixi Lou, was a success! The event led to heightened awareness, increased donations, and initiated long-term engagement. 

  • Allison Bush, Founder of The Trixi Lou Project, appeared in a news segment on Fox4KC. During the segment, she shared the inspiring story behind the project, highlighting its mission and impact on the community. In addition to her television appearance, Allison's work with The Trixi Lou Project has been spotlighted in four prestigious publications, KCFW MagazineBold Journey Magazine, Herlife Magazine, and Voyage Magazine. Each interview provided a platform for Allison to discuss the challenges and triumphs of running a non-profit. Through these features, she was able to emphasize the importance of community support, outreach, and the need for ongoing donations to sustain the project's activities.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • The Trixi Lou Project currently has eight Executive Board Members who work to ensure that the mission and values of the project are upheld. In the second year of operation, the plan is to onboard 2 more members who contribute their expertise and experience in the development of the organization.

 

  • Continue to build relationships with strategic partners and funders who align with the mission of The Trixi Lou Project to enhance impact and outreach. Because Legacy Sessions are a completely free service, it is imperative that we secure funding from various sources such as grants, private donations, and partnerships.

 

  • This year, The Trixi Lou Project aims to grow services with the addition of Legacy Beats, music heartbeat recording songs using a completely non-invasive, specialized digital stethoscope to capture heartbeat sounds in less than a minute. 

 

  • The Trixi Lou Project hopes to serve 50 more families between August 21, 2024 and August 21, 2025. 

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In May, Allison received a call about four-year-old Hannah who was stopping treatment for AML Leukemia. 

The night before Hannah's Legacy Session, Allison reached out to Hannah's mother, Amber, only to realize that she had served as the birth doula for Hannah four years prior. 

At Hannah's celebration of life, Hannah's dad, Chris, thanked Allison for being present at and documenting two of the most important events in Hannah's short life - her birth and her death. 

Hannah's story highlights the importance of community, empathy, and the enduring power of human connection in the face of life's most challenging moments. 

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HANNAH'S
STORY

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY

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EVENTS

December 6, 2023 - Get To Know The Trixi Lou Project

January 10, 2024 - DrunKCo Bunko with The Trixi Lou Project

January 17, 2024 - DrunKCo Bunko with The Trixi Lou Project

April 5, 2024 - Headshot Happy Hour 

May 1, 2024 - Drunkco Bunko with The Trixi Lou Project

May 10, 2024 - Equity Bank Headshot Event

July 10, 2024 - Music Bingo at Gael's Public House & Sports

A month after my husband Adam was diagnosed with cancer, Allison reached out to me and asked if we wanted family pictures taken. At first it felt wrong somehow as we usually only took photos during happier times, not during moments of sadness and uncertainty. We agreed but I let the children pick out whatever they wanted to wear. Gone were the days of coordinated outfits and forced poses, I wanted a stress free experience. I’m so grateful we have these photos, looking back I can see the family dynamic that was ours alone. I see the strength and love that would hold us together on the long, sad road ahead. I can still feel Adam’s arms wrapped around me, my head against his chest hearing his strong heartbeat that would fade less than a year later. It was my safe place and my home. The horrible diagnosis was gone, if only for a moment. A moment forever captured in a photograph.

Sarah Darby

Wife of Adam Darby (7/21/69 - 6/17/19)

IN MEMORY

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Jake Flagg

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Katie McRell

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Susan Miller

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Adam Gibson

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Hannah Mendez

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Stephanie Drennon

THANK YOU DONORS

We are honored by the generosity of our donors and sponsors who contributed to The Trixi Lou Project during our first year of operation.

Board of Directors

  • Allison Bush, Executive Director & Photographer

  • Jim Cramer, Principal Attorney at The Law Offices of Payne & Jones

  • Vanessa Flood, Educator

  • Julie Sailors, Community Affairs Manager at Panasonic North America

  • Russell Colburn, Public Relations & Communications Manager at Equity Bank

  • Monica Ellis-Lewis, Director of Development at The Trixi Lou Project

  • Laura O'Sullivan, Managing Attorney at The Benjamin Law Firm

  • Melissa Edman, Grief Worker & Pastor

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