Laura Madden's Blog

Stories of change

MingHe video for HandReach

with 29 comments

<p><a href=”″>HandReach: Ming He</a> from <a href=”″>Laura Madden</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>



29 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Dear Laura, Wonderful story. Love Mom


    February 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    • Hi mom,
      Thanks for watching the video, but I hope you realize you HAVE to by virtue of being my mom.

      Laura Madden

      February 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

  2. Dear Laura,
    A very inspirational video. Awesome job. I wish the best for MingHe and honor his parents courage.
    Keep it up,

    Humairah shah

    February 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

    • Hi Humairah,
      Thanks so much for watching the video and for your kind words. ❤

      Laura Madden

      February 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

  3. Dear Laura,
    What a hopeful story. You can tell by MingHe’s sweet face and smile that is loved. He and his parents are remarkable. It’s wonderful that HandReach can help him and that you are doing such great work.


    February 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  4. Wow, what a powerful video. Thank you for sharing, I hope a lot of people see it. Their courage and resilience are inspiring.

    Lisa Roberts

    February 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

  5. Thanks Heidi and Lisa for watching the video.

    Heidi– yes MingHe’s parents are serious about getting him the care that he needs. In many of these cases, unfortunately, the parents are discouraged from seeking treatment for their child. The counter-suggestion is usually to have another child later.

    Lisa — inspiring indeed! That’s why I love to work with HandReach.

    Laura Madden

    March 1, 2011 at 12:14 am

  6. What a story, what a marvelous film effort to tell that story! Thank you!!!!!!!!

    Joan Boyle

    March 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

  7. Wow, Laura, I’m blown away. This is a truly wonderful piece.

    MingHe and his parents are wonderful. You can see the love for each other in their eyes.

    I knew you were a talented photographer, I didn’t know you had editorial skills as well.

    Good to hear from you.


    Tony Breuer

    March 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

    • Hi Tony,
      Thanks for watching the video! MingHe and his family had such an amazing story to tell that maybe I just got lucky this time with editing. (Well, that plus DRS’s footage 😉 I do all kinds of work to get inspirational stories out there, whether it’s shooting, writing or editing.
      ❤ Laura

      Laura Madden

      March 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

  8. nice to see “the rest of the story” I watched the video by drs in China when he went there to work with Handreach. So good to see the little boy walking.


    March 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    • Thanks for watching, M! How did you hear about the video? Do you know anyone from HandReach? (Maybe we have some friends in common!)

      Laura Madden

      March 10, 2011 at 6:53 am

      • I think we do have some friends in commom. My son is David Smith.


        March 10, 2011 at 10:14 am

      • The guy who shot the video, you mean? 😉

        Laura Madden

        March 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

  9. Yes, we’re very proud of his work


    March 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  10. Great work, Laura!


    March 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  11. wow, laura. wow. what a story. thank you for sharing it. i’m proud of you – and inspired by your work!

    betty ming liu

    April 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  12. wonderful video, my classmate Betty Ming Liu shared this on her FB page. Very moving. It gives hope knowing there are people kind enough to help the helpless. I hope you don’t mind if I share. Thank you.

    Mimi Chen

    April 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

    • Thanks for watching, Mimi!

      Not sure if you know this, but I’m living in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir state, India). One day, while previewing and uploading a draft of the cut at the local internet cafe, a gentleman sitting next to me started looking over my shoulder and then asking questions about MingHe’s story. When I told him about HandReach’s work, he said simply “This is Islam. It is one of the first instructions in our holy book: to help those in need of assistance, if you are able to do so.” It was among the most surreal and simultaneously moving experiences in my life.

      Laura Madden

      April 5, 2011 at 2:57 am

  13. Awesome story, beautifully edited. Did you choose the music?

    Johanna Barba Jones

    May 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    • Yes, I chose it all by myself like a big girl 😉 I did, however, have feedback from the folks at HandReach, as this was a collaborative effort. Thanks for watching, cara!

      Laura Madden

      May 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

  14. One word. Wow. Amazing story and high caliber job on the film content. Go Minghe and Go Handreach!

    May 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm

  15. Incredibly moving…thank you.

    Jamie Gronley

    June 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

  16. Beautiful video, very touching. Thank you.

    Taylor Nelson

    June 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  17. Thank you so much for telling MingHe’s story. He is an inspiration!

    Eve Fogler

    March 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by, Eve! How’d you hear about MingHe? He really is an inspiration!

      Laura Madden

      March 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: