Posted: Sep 1, 2010 12:39 PM by Carina Corral
Updated: Sep 2, 2010 3:44 AM
At age two, Spencer Caserio was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL).
Despite six months of aggressive chemotherapy, he relapsed.
His only chance of survival would be to undergo a grueling, umbilical cord blood transplant at Duke University Children's Research Hospital.
At age nine, Spencer is cancer free.
He now spends his time capturing award-winning photographs.
Spencer has an eye for taking astounding pictures and the view outside his Cambria home makes for an awesome backdrop to his favorite kind.
" I like to take pictures of nature," Spencer said while taking pictures of a bird outside his living room window.
Spencer has taken first place in numerous contests such as the New Times Photo Contest in his division, multiple first-place awards in the Cambria 4H Photography group and was voted winner of the cover photo contest for the 2010 Cambria Community Directory phone book.
His parents said Spencer had the knack from the get go.
" I think I was like seven years old and it just went up hill from there," said Spencer.
Spencer's life has not always up hill, as a toddler he battled leukemia.
" It wasn't until he relapsed that we really freaked out because when you relapse everything changes and the worst case scenario is right on the table," said Brian Caserio, Spencer's father. " We're six years removed from it now and it's been a long time, but now we're back in the real world doing regular kid stuff now."
Spencer and his award winning photography will be at Art in the Park this Labor Day weekend in Morro Bay.
Hundreds will be on display and available for purchase.
From birds and flowers to picturesque scenery, the variety is endless.
These incredible moments in time were captured with high-end equipment given to Spencer by Make A Wish, a foundation that helps kids with life threatening illnesses.
" I got my T2I, my Doubler, and then my 7200 because I'm a cancer survivor from Make A Wish," said Spencer.
On the back of each photograph Spencer sells is a special note about his story.
10 percent of the proceeds he raises at Art in the Park this weekend will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.