St. Baldrick's Helps Local
Mom Express Her Love
I am really in love with how my first "backpack" story came out. This story is one I did all by myself. All BJJTV staff members have to do a backpack story on their own during the school year.
Originally, I was going to take the angle of Zac Gossage and how he battled cancer. But after talking with Kristy Gossage, I realized there was a unique aspect to being a part of a family that doesn’t really get talked about; being a stepparent.
Being a good stepparent is already such a selfless form of love that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Throw in a huge hurdle like cancer and it’s a story that is long overdue to be told.
In this story, Kristy talks about what it’s like to have such strong feelings for her children, but not being able to always voice them due to being a stepparent. Yet, she still feels them nonetheless. She shares what her stepchildren truly mean to her through her interview and her selfless actions.
I feel so honored to have been able to tell Kristy’s story, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t difficulties along the way. I had issues with scheduling an interview that would work with both my and the Gossage family’s busy schedules.
After getting the interview (a spectacular one at that), it was my first time editing without a partner’s input and sense of direction. Although it was a bit scary at first, I learned to love the opportunity to make this piece my own by allowing my creativity to take control.
Overall, this was by far my proudest moment in TV production. This story is among many that I love, but it really stands out. I had such an amazing time showing everyone what it truly means to be in the Gossage family.