Our Story


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The Oldham Project began as a thought after the funeral of a second Oldham sister to die of cancer. Named for the two sisters who fought valiant, courageous fights but eventually succumbed to breast cancer and a third sister who ultimately saved her life with preventative surgery — the Oldham Project was conceived to document the lives of everyone who is fighting a battle for their lives. It is a tribute to them and their strength and courage.

In 2008, The Oldham Project became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to providing free portrait sessions to those suffering from life threatening or terminal illnesses. Families in our community are suffering the loss of a loved one each and every day. Through this organization, we offer these fine portraits FREE of charge so that their memory may be kept alive for generations to come.

Founder: Terri Shaver

Current Board Members

John Madden, President                     President, Integrated Audio And Video

Kristin Ebert, Vice-President            Design Services, Allegra Printing

Eric Sturdy, Jr., Treasurer                Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Michigan State University

Joy Meade, Secretary                           Workplace Banking Market Manager, PNC Bank

Jessica Hill, Past-President                Marketing Director, Equine Athlete

Michelle Dumaw                                      Director, Nutrition Services, McLaren Greater Lansing

Karen Mee                                                Volunteer

Sue Feenstra                                             Executive Director, The Oldham Project