Project Alive began from one photo.

One teacher.

A kindergarten teacher in Spring Hill, Tennessee, sent home photos with her children at the end of the school year. But little did she know that her fun project would emerge into Project Alive.

When I grow up. fireman

The picture that inspired Project Alive

One such photo was of a boy, Case Hogan, who suffers from Hunter Syndrome. It said that he wanted to be a fireman.

Indeed he did.

His mom had taken him to the local fire station on several occasions to check out the trucks, high five the firefighters, and try on the gear. It was hard to get him to leave.

But even knowing that he wanted to be a fireman didn’t change the gut wrenching feeling when his mom saw that photo.

She couldn’t even breathe.

The idea that a boy with Hunter Syndrome could dream to be a fireman flew in the face of everything she knew to be true about the future of the disease. He was not expected to live past his teens.

She saw the photo and immediately realized that what she wanted more than anything, and what he wanted, in order to fulfill his dream of being a fireman, was to be ALIVE.