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DURANGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER – THE HAGENS

Leslie was one of my best childhood friends. After graduation, we shared an apartment together; (and “T.P.”ed a lot of friends houses and cars!) She was instrumental in bringing me back to my faith in Yeshua and introduced me to my children’s father.

We lost track of each other after we became young adults and were married. I searched for her off and on for 15 years. I finally paid one of those services to find her and WAHOO! There she was in Washington state! I called, she immediately recognized my voice and we laughed until we cried. We had many fun conversations over the next several months. Then in February, 4 months after finding her, she had a routine physical and found she had stage 4 appendix cancer… My precious friend was dying. The next May, a year and a half after finding her, Leslie was losing her battle. My sister Patty and I traveled to Washington to see her. I had the wonderful privilege of photographing my friend, her husband and her 6 year old daughter.

I am so grateful to God for letting me find her before she went “home.” I love you Leslie. I will miss you forever.
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