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Pete Marovich/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by President Donald Trump back in January after a career spanning more than 27 years with the Justice Department.

Now it appears that she’s come back to haunt the Trump administration.

Yates was expected to testify on March 28 at a House Intelligence Committee open hearing as part of its probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Last week, committee Chair Devin Nunes, R-California, postponed the opening hearing, the same day Yates’ attorney advised the Trump administration that she would testify about internal discussions had about communications between Trump’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Since then, reports have emerged that the Trump administration sought to block Yates’ testimony. The White House has pushed back against those reports, maintaining that it took no such action.

Here’s a look at Yates:

Name: Sally Quillian Yates (née Sally Caroline Quillian)

Family: She and her husband, Comer Yates, have a daughter, Kelley, and a son, James “Quill.” Comer Yates is the executive director of Atlanta Speech School, a school for children with hearing and learning disabilities, and is a lawyer by training. Comer Yates also ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1994 and 1996.

Sally Yates comes from a family of lawyers. Her father, Kelley Quillian, was a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals, and his father and brother were also lawyers. Her grandmother was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, but because of the times, she did not become a lawyer.

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Age: 56 (Born Aug. 20, 1960)

Education: Sally Yates graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She went on to get her law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Her legal career: Sally Yates passed the State Bar of Georgia in 1986 and went to work for three years at the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, as a commercial litigation associate.

She joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta in 1989. She started as assistant U.S. attorney, working her way up to chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section from 1994 to 2002 and then first assistant U.S. attorney from 2002 to 2010.

She was the lead prosecutor in the 1996 trial of Eric Rudolph, the man convicted of the bombing at the Centennial Park during the ‘96 Olympics.

“The Rudolph case was one of the most interesting cases I’ve ever done,” she said in a 2013 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Of all the cases I’ve done, that’s the greatest example of the power of a team.”

Sally Yates became the first woman U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia when she was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 and held the position for almost five years.

On Jan. 8, 2015, Obama nominated Sally Yates as deputy attorney general and she was confirmed to the position on May 13, 2015.

Her high-profile firing in January

When Loretta Lynch, who become U.S. attorney general when Sally Yates became deputy, left the DOJ on Inauguration Day, Sally Yates stepped in as acting attorney general until then-Sen. Jeff Sessions would be confirmed to lead the DOJ.

Under Trump, Sally Yates’ stint as acting attorney general lasted a total of 10 days.

Sally Yates was fired on Jan. 30 after she instructed the DOJ not to defend Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order barring immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The order was later blocked in court.

The White House said in a statement that Sally Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the statement read.

In a letter to top DOJ lawyers handling the cases related to Trump’s executive order on immigration, Yates directed them to hold off from defending it.

“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful,” Sally Yates wrote.

She continued, “Consequently, for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.”

Dana Boente took over for Sally Yates after she was fired, and Sessions was confirmed on Feb. 8 as attorney general.

When she warned the White House about Flynn

When she was still acting attorney general, Sally Yates had informed White House Counsel Don McGahn on Jan. 26 that they were misled by Flynn about the nature of his calls with Kislyak before Trump took office.

Sally Yates also conveyed concerns that Russia might try to blackmail Flynn.

Flynn resigned from his position on Feb. 13.

Her exchange with then-Sen. Sessions

During her Senate confirmation hearing on March 24, 2015, Sally Yates had an interesting exchange with then-Sen. Sessions, who is now attorney general.

“Do you think the attorney general has a responsibility to say no to the president if he asks for something that’s improper?” Sessions asked Sally Yates.

She replied, “Senator, I believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the president.”

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Courtesy Michelle Adkins(ROBINSON, Texas) — One kindergartner undergoing cancer treatment is able to “attend” class, thanks to the help of artificial intelligence.

In January, PJ Trojanowski, 6, was diagnosed with the kidney cancer Wilms tumor in both kidneys.

“She’s our most outgoing child,” dad Eric Trojanowski told ABC News Wednesday. “It was a different thing to sit down and tell my 6-ear-old, ‘You have cancer and the doctors have to figure out how to get it out of you. She was feisty about it. The doc even said, ‘I don’t know Paisley very well, but I know kids like her do well in treatment because they have a lot of fight in them.'”

“It takes a lot out of her … [but] she’s taking it in stride,” he added. “She talks about [how] she’s going to beat cancer.”

Because of her weakened immune system, Paisley Jane, who goes by PJ, was unable to return to her kindergarten classroom at Robinson Primary School in Robinson, Texas.

With help from her school and the Region 12 Education Service Center, a VGo robot was brought to Robinson Primary on PJ’s behalf.

The robot allows PJ to interact with classmates and observe lessons given by her teacher, Michelle Adkins, while she receives chemotherapy treatments at McLane Children’s hospital in Temple, Texas.

Adkins told ABC News that her other 19 students are accustomed to PJ logging into the mobile robot from her iPad, and having it move around the classroom.

She also does home teaching visits with PJ two days a week to practice new skills face-to-face.

“I think she likes to interact with it,” Adkins said. “She likes to know what we’re doing and it’s a way for her to get more learning time in. Her parents really enjoy it also.”

Trojanowski, a dad of three, said he helps PJ drive the robot around the classroom from the hospital.

“She enjoys listening to the story time and listening in on the lessons,” he said. “She told me, ‘Sometimes it makes me sad because I want to be with my friends at school.’

“I tell her, ‘You’re at home now and get to watch and listen,'” he continued. “She’s getting used to the idea. The support of the school district has been nothing short of amazing.”

PJ is undergoing chemotherapy and will receive surgery to remove the two tumors at the end of April.

The Trojanowskis hope she can rejoin her classmates at the start of first grade.

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Courtesy Josue and Maruska Vella(NEW YORK) — Jake Vella is literally running for his life.

The 7-year-old Maltese boy suffers from an extremely rare life-threatening disease that causes him to gain weight despite his healthy diet and vigorous exercise regime. Less than 100 people in the world have ever been diagnosed with the illness called ROHHAD, which affects the automatic nervous system and endocrine system.

But Jake is no ordinary kid. To help combat the disease he competes in triathlons like his father and follows a strict diet.

“Triathlons help Jake to keep fit and active. It’s good for his health and also gives him a chance to socialize with other kids,” his parents, Josue and Maruska Vella , told ABC News. “He leads a normal life, goes to school, plays the drums, but he has to be very careful not to get sick and we are frightened that a simple flu could lead to other complications.”

When Jake was first diagnosed with the dangerous illness at age six in 2015, it came as a huge shock to the family. Nobody else on the small Mediterranean island nation of Malta suffers from ROHHAD, so there was no playbook to go by.

ROHHAD stands for rapid-onset obesity (RO) with hypothalamic dysregulation (H), hypoventilation (H), and autonomic dysregulation (AD). It is a rare, life-threatening syndrome that affects the autonomic nervous system (which controls involuntary actions) and the endocrine system.

People with this disease may exhibit a wide range of symptoms including slow heartbeat, excessive sweating, altered pupil response to light and they also may be unable to maintain normal water balance in the body or go through early or late puberty, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Typically the patient will experience rapid weight gain in a 6- to 12-month period and may be at risk for developing certain kinds of tumors. In Jake’s case it has also caused a tumor to grow on his back. There is no proven cure for the disease.

The Vellas say they just live day-by-day and hope for the best.

Jake’s video has gone viral and helped raise awareness for the disease. The young triathlete dreams about meeting Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, two of the world’s top triathletes. Jake cannot travel because of his illness but the Brownlee brothers’ manager has been in touch following the video’s success.

Nothing is organized yet, but Jake has his fingers crossed for a shot at meeting his idols.

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GMA After Hours(NEW YORK) — Anthony Anderson is well aware of the controversy surrounding tonight’s black-ish episode, which guest-stars troubled R&B singer Chris Brown. While Anderson says it wasn’t his decision to have Brown appear, he’s fine with it.

“I’ve known Chris Brown personally since he was fourteen years old and I had no idea that he was coming onto our show,” Anderson tells ABC Radio. He explains that it was an encounter between black-ish co-creator Kenya Barris and Brown that led to his appearance.

“Kenya was out one day having dinner and Chris was at the same restaurant and knew who Kenya was…,” says Anderson. “He walked over and said, “Hey man, I love your show. I just wanted to let you know that I want to be on it. Can we make that happen?”

“And the next thing I know, this episode was written and they were like, ‘Yo man…we got Chris Brown to do it!'” And I was like, ‘That’s great.'”

On tonight’s episode, Brown plays Rich Youngsta, a popular rapper who collaborates with Anderson’s character on an ad campaign that some find offensive. Anderson says Brown got the role because he fit the part.

“Our show is written as it is and whoever we feel is best to come in and be best at this character,” he explains. “Chris expressed an interest in it and it was like, ‘I think…we have that character for you.”‘
According to Anderson, black-ish remains “unique” because it does “not shy away from” controversial topics, and tonight’s episode is no different.

“He did a masterful job at it,” says the actor. “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the work that he did.”

ABC’s black-ish airs at 9:30 p.m ET.

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has been suspended 15 games without pay over over a domestic violence incident that occurred last year.

Major League Baseball announced the suspension on Wednesday, saying that Familia has agreed not to appeal it.

Last October, police in Fort Lee, New Jersey said they found “a scratch to the chest and bruise to the right cheek” of Familia’s wife. She declined to press charges.

While MLB commissioner Robert Manfred said his office “does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm,” he said the relief pitcher’s “overall conduct that night was inappropriate, violated the Policy, and warrants discipline.”

Manfred added in a statement that Familia has undergone counseling and agreed to speak to other players about what he learned.

The 15-game suspension begins on Opening Day. In the meantime, Familia is allowed to take part in all Spring Training and exhibition games.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Premature deaths of people under age 75 are increasing at a dramatic rate across the U.S., according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The authors of the foundation’s annual report from its County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program noted a dramatic uptick in premature deaths in the U.S. due largely to “unintentional injuries,” which include accidental drug overdoses and car crashes.

They found that in 2015, 1.2 million people in the U.S. died prematurely or before the age of 75 from causes considered preventable. This is an increase of nearly 40,000 from the previous year. These additional premature deaths were more likely to occur in younger people, the report found.

Eight-five percent of the increase in people who died prematurely in 2015 were 15 to 44 years old.

“These are Americans [who] are dying essentially in the prime of their life,” said Abbey Cofsky, the deputy director of data and science at the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, which collaborated on the report. “They are dying as young adults” or with young families, she added.

Accidental drug overdose, homicides and motor vehicle crashes appear to be huge factors in these deaths. The report’s authors found that 6,787 people ages 15 to 24 died from motor vehicle accidents, 4,140 were firearm homicide victims and 3,727 died from drug overdoses. Accidental drug overdoses are increasing at a much more significant rate than other causes of premature death, the authors said.

The researchers have documented an increase in premature deaths since 2012, with a more dramatic increase from 2014 to 2015.

“That’s when we really wanted to look deeper in population,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, a registered nurse and the director of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program. She pointed out that before 2012, there was a long-term downward trend in the number of premature deaths.

“That’s when we dug into the story [of increased injuries]. A lot of time people don’t think of drug overdoses as injuries,” she said. “Even when someone is a drug addict, they don’t intend to die.”

Opioid overdoses in particular have increased in recent years. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 33,000 people died because of opioid overdose in 2015 and that 91 people in the U.S. die every day from such drugs.

The researchers estimated the years of life lost in a population due to drug overdoses. For American Indian/Alaskan Natives, 736 potential years of life are lost per 100,000 people. The number was highest for white people, with 778 years lost per 100,000 people.

Dr. Ellie Ragsdale of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center said it has been a struggle to reach people most affected by opioid addiction, many of whom live in rural areas with fewer resources.

“That is a population that we have been trying to target for many years, and we want to decrease the epidemic,” she said.

Ragsdale said doctors have been making an effort to cut down on the amount of opioids prescribed for patients, in the hopes of diminishing the epidemic.

“I think there’s been a big collaborative effort among health care providers to limit prescriptions,” she said. “We have seen a benefit on the front lines, but we’re not seeing it in the data yet.”

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Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center(SALEM, Ore.) — Animal officials in Oregon are reminding the public to leave wildlife alone after a hiker who discovered a bear cub in distress brought the animal to a wildlife center himself.

On Monday evening, Salem resident Corey Hancock, who could face charges for his actions, was hiking the Santiam River Trail outside the city when he came across the 3-month-old cub about two miles down the trail, he told ABC News Wednesday.

Hancock, who said he has been hiking the trail for more than 20 years, described the bear as “motionless” when he found it.

“I thought he was dead,” he said. “He did kind of twitch a couple times so I knew he was dying or going through the motions of death when I found him.”

Hancock said he moved back about 50 yards in case the bear’s mother turned up and watched the cub. When the cub didn’t move for about 10 minutes, Hancock said he decided to take his flannel out and “wrap [the bear] up and make a run for it.”

Hancock said he then raced back to his car and drove toward Salem. Once he got back in cell service range, he posted a photo to Facebook asking for help.

“If I hadn’t been out on the trails in the rain today, this little boy would be dead,” Hancock captioned the pic. “I’m so completely thankful for today.”

Hancock then brought the cub, whom he has affectionately nicknamed “Elkhorn” since he was found on Elkhorn Road, to the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center in Oregon as recommended by someone on social media, he said. The center described the cub as “malnourished” and “lethargic” when it came in.

Elkhorn’s condition significantly improved over 12 hours, the center said, and the cub has since been transferred to a wildlife veterinarian with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a full health exam.

The center recommends calling wildlife officials should anyone encounter animals that they believe may need help, but it thanked Hancock for his efforts in saving the cub.

“This was an uncommon situation and we appreciate Corey for trusting us with the distressed cub’s care,” the center wrote on Facebook. “We are also grateful to our amazing community of supporters whose generosity ensures Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center is here to help in emergency situations such as this.”

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife advises people to always leave wildlife in the wild, particularly young animals.

ODFW veterinarian Colin Gillin told ABC News that taking an animal out of the wild is, in nearly all cases, not good for the animal, adding that there was no way to know “why this animal was on the side of the trail” and that the mother could have placed it down for a few hours to forage for food.

After evaluating the cub, the department said it has no plans to euthanize it. Elkhorn will likely go to a zoo or a rehabilitation center to be released back into the wild. Chances of reuniting him with his mother at this point are “very slim,” Gillin said.

At the center, the cub will not learn basic survival skills from its mother, such as how to stay away from danger and how to forage, Gillin said, adding the bear will be at a “disadvantage” when it is released.

When you “take an animal in, none of those scenarios are better than it being with its mother,” Gillin said, adding that with wildlife such as bears, mountain lions and deer, “the parent animal is usually nearby.”

Gillin said that the best option for Hancock in this case would have been to contact ODFW or Oregon State Police.

It is illegal in Oregon to capture or keep wildlife in captivity, Gillin said. If convicted in court, the perpetrator could face a maximum of one year in prison and a $6,250 fine, said Michelle Dennehy, ODFW public information coordinator.

Hancock said he “gets” the law, and although he was not aware of it at the time, he may not have abided by it had he been.

“I can’t say for sure what I would do if I did know the law,” the father of three said. “I have kids. That was a little life there that was about to be lost.”

It is unclear if any charges will be filed against Hancock. Oregon State Police said they are aware of the incident and will ultimately deem whether charges are appropriate. Police said they have contacted Hancock and reminded him of the law.

Gillin doesn’t blame Hancock for picking up the cub, saying “he did what he thought he needed to do.”

A similar issue was raised last year when a baby bison was euthanized after visitors at Yellowstone National Park placed it in the back of their car because it looked cold. After the bison was brought to a park facility, park rangers spent more than two days trying to get the bison calf to return to a herd, but it kept getting rejected and ultimately had to be put down.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) — The alleged getaway driver now facing possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of three teen burglary suspects outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Monday allegedly “instructed” the trio to rob the house, according to a probable cause affidavit.

On Tuesday, police with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office identified the alleged driver as 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez. Authorities also released the names and ages of the slain teens: Maxwell Cook, 19; Jacob Redfern, 17; and Jaycob Woodriff, 16.

Authorities said that around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Zach Peters, the son of the homeowner, called 911 to report that people had broken into his home and that he’d shot them in the kitchen area with an AR-15 rifle. Peters was in the house with his father at the time, police said. Neither were hurt.

Police said when they arrived, they found three deceased male teenagers. Two were in the kitchen area of the house; one appeared to have run from the home after being shot but had died in the driveway. Chief Deputy Les Young said the teens had been shot multiple times.

According to police, Rodriguez turned herself into authorities after the shooting, allegedly saying that she had information about the incident.

According to the affidavit, Rodriguez told police that she’d dropped the teens off at the residence and was waiting for them to return. The affidavit said that she “willfully” took the teens to the house and only left when she heard gunshots.

“It was learned through a witness at the scene that Rodriguez had previous knowledge of the house and the homeowner even [called] him by his first name,” the affidavit said. “Rodriguez planned the burglary and took the three suspects to the residence on two separate occasions on today’s date wanting to steal items.”

Rodriguez was arrested on three counts of felony first-degree murder (for deaths that occur during the commission of a felony) and three counts of first-degree burglary. She has yet to be formally charged.

Authorities said they had not determined if Peters would face charges. Oklahoma has a “stand your ground” law. State law presumes homeowners have a fear that justifies use of defensive force just by virtue of someone breaking into a home.

Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in court on April 5.

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AMC/Gene Page(ATLANTA) — Lauren Cohan, who has played farm girl-turned-fighter Maggie since season two of The Walking Dead, isn’t giving away any spoilers for the season seven finale. But she does acknowledge that it will be “heartbreaking.”

“You’re certainly in for a lot of emotion,” she tells Harpers Bazaar. “[It’s] incredibly bittersweet, beautiful and heartbreaking.”

AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama has always been heartbreaking — evidenced in this season’s premiere in which two of the show’s beloved cast members fell victim to Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

As always, the cast held a traditional sendoff, or so called “death dinner,” for their fallen cast members.

“It’s funny when I stop to think about calling them death dinners. It’s such a frequent part of our lingo that I forget how absurd it is, like spying on your own funeral,” Cohan explained. “We’ve had some of our best nights together at them. There’s always a lot of tears, but we also have bonfires and play games and get to tell the family member leaving how much we love them — and, you know, completely embarrass them.”

For Cohan, saying goodbye to Steven Yeun, who played Maggie’s husband, Glenn, was especially hard. The actress hinted that her character, who is now pregnant with Glenn’s baby, will grow as a leader without him.

“I hate saying anything that implies, ‘Oh yeah, in the middle of season eight when I’m still alive…,’ because I really don’t know if I will be,” she said. “But as a viewer, I am excited to see that arc being realized.”

The Walking Dead’s season finale airs Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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ABC News(RICHMOND, Va.) — For parents of terminally ill children, professional photographs aren’t typically at the top of the priority list.

But the Tiny Sparrow Foundation, an organization that matches professional photographers with these families free of charge, says the parents they serve are often “incredibly appreciative and grateful for the memories.”

ABC News traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to document a Tiny Sparrow photo shoot with the Cummings family. Veronica Cummings, 10, was born with a genetic condition called Trisomy 13.

“All I remember was, when I looked up, his face had turned white,” mother Christina Cummings said about her husband, Ronnie, when Veronica was first born, “and he sat down on the couch, hands on his head, and doctors were calling for other doctors to come in and they wouldn’t let me see her, and I was on a lot of medicine.”

“And the next thing I knew, a little bit later, they had brought in a geneticist who handed me a page-and-a-half printout stapled together,” she said. “I just remember reading ‘Trisomy 13 is not compatible with life’ and I couldn’t even read past that.”

“I couldn’t even read whatever else was on there because I didn’t understand how to take that. I had no idea and I didn’t believe that was happening.”

“Not compatible with life” is a phrase parents of children with Trisomy 13 often hear. And while Veronica needs a great deal of assistance in every respect, her parents say she is very much alive and a tremendous blessing to her family and community.

“I couldn’t say this at the beginning, but I think now that it’s really a gift that was given to us, she’s touched so many people around us in so many different ways,” said her father, Ronnie Cummings.

“I didn’t grow up around anybody with special needs in my family, Christina didn’t either, and just the change it’s made in people in our family,” he said. “For me personally, she’s made me humble in a different kind of way. She needs us for everything, and it’s just changed me as a person in a good way. We’re lucky that we have her.”

It’s a testament to both Veronica and her devoted parents and sisters — Ava, 11, and Charlotte, 6 — that she has lived for more than 10 years. “She’s so strong, she’s a fighter,” her mother said.

But Christina has had to come to terms with the reality of losing Veronica, in the last year. Tiny Sparrow had offered a photoshoot to the family in the past, but she declined.

“I wasn’t ready for it,” she said. “I thought it was an amazing organization for a great cause. I loved the idea, but I didn’t want to accept that we were candidates for that.”

Other charitable organizations had also offered the Cummings family services that she didn’t accept for the same reasons.

“It felt like similar to the way Veronica got a Make-A-Wish trip –- I wasn’t ready to take that for a whole 10 years,” Christina said. “[Make-A-Wish] had been telling us ‘Take it, take these trips,’ and I didn’t want to because it felt like it’s the beginning of the end. And I wasn’t ready for that.

“But this past year, actually, she had been really sick,” Christina said. “She hasn’t been to school at all this year. She was supposed to have surgery in January, and she had a surgery this past summer, and it just kept feeling like more and more things were going in the wrong direction. And so I opened up my mind to it and I said ‘Okay, let’s go ahead and get some memories while she’s looking good, while she’s happy.’ So only this past year, after 10 years of people telling me, you don’t know how long you have with her you need to take advantage of all these things.”

Tiny Sparrow has worked with more than 200 families since its inception in 2009 and say their goal is to capture feelings and personality.

“We try to capture their [the child’s] spirit and their smile and just the essence of who they are and the innocence,” Communications Director Mary Beth Thomsen told ABC News. “We also get to capture the love of their family.”

The Cummings’ other daughters spoke about Veronica’s spirit.

“Her smile brightens my day,” said Charlotte.

That smile is what professional photographer Katie Cartwright was hoping to capture during the photo shoot. The Cummings family was the third family she photographed on behalf of Tiny Sparrow.

She said she strives for “the photos you get of the child when you get that expression in their eyes, the light caught in their eyes where you know that that’s something their parents will really cherish.”

Thomsen said the foundation does a “special screening for our photographers because we need them to know that this is a very sensitive situation and they need to be handle it emotionally and they’re going to be put in a situation that is very difficult for them.”

Tiny Sparrow doesn’t have trouble finding photographers willing to donate their services, she said. But the demand for these photos is great and since the photographers are volunteers, it isn’t always easy to keep up. The organization said it hopes to be able to raise enough funds for some paid positions this year.

“We’re hoping to fund some paid part-time positions so we can have some dedicated people to dedicate their time to making these photo shoots happen,” she said.

But they continue providing their services to families. On an overcast day in Virginia, there was an appreciative family and a talented photographer capturing special moments between the parents and children. Christina Cummings called the experience a success and reflected on what having Veronica in their lives has meant.

“We wouldn’t see the world that we see it, we wouldn’t have the doors open that we have open for us if it wasn’t for her, if it wasn’t for Veronica,” she said. “It’s showed us a different side of humanity, who we can be, and to show our kids the same — to see them grow up with the type of heart and compassion that you don’t always see in kids now.”

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