Sarah's Stories: Virtual Photo Walks Take People Around the Globe

5 years 4 days 12 hours ago March 18, 2012 Mar 18, 2012 Sunday, March 18 2012 Sunday, March 18, 2012 9:32:00 PM CDT in News
By: Sarah Hill
loading

Seven year old Domenic Garufi arrived at the hospital to get treatment for his Crohn's Disease. Little did Domenic know, this day long infusion would also include a virtual trip to Canada to feed the birds.  Click on the thumbail at the left to watch video of this story.  

"No child this young should have to deal with a lot of the things he deals with on a daily basis," said Frank Garufi, Domenic's father.

Virtual Photo Walks uses Google Plus Hangouts, a group video chatroom inside Google Plus, to take people to places they might not otherwise get to see due to a hospitalization or the inability to leave the house.  Some virtual photo walk excursions have included the mountains of Utah, Rome, Hawaii and Australia.

"Watching my son go through this and seeing how much joy it brought him was something that was incredible for me," said Garufi. "It's something that can bring a lot of joy to a lot of people who don't normally get something this great. "

John Butterill created the organization to help people like Domenic and Corey Fisk who has Multiple Sclerosis. Butterill gave Fisk a virtual tour of a grove of Birch trees and described the experience for Sarah Hill.

"Corey was overwhelmed because she'd never taken a picture other than anything outside her window for 5 years, so that' s pretty powerful."

Butterill is looking for volunteer photographers and people who would benefit from a Virtual Photo Walk. For more information, you can visit the Google Plus Page of Virtual Photo Walks or email virtualphotowalks@gmail.com .  To create a free Google Plus profile so you can Hangout, go to www.plus.google.com  

Photos and Videos courtesy: John Butterill, Bruce Garber, Frank Garufi and Shefali Burns

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A federal court convicted a Columbia man on charges related to child pornography and sexual exploitation of... More >>
14 minutes ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:08:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA— A bill supported by representatives on both sides of the aisle aims to change the way childcare subsidies are... More >>
58 minutes ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Residents of Mid-Missouri are accustomed to seeing the large rotunda of the Capitol building in Jefferson City... More >>
1 hour ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:20:06 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Tuesday after witnesses from a deadly shooting connected him with the crime scene. ... More >>
2 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:19:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first African-American to lead the police department in Kansas Cit y, Missouri, i s... More >>
2 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:08:27 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fraud charges have been filed against a man accused of e nrolling in a Missouri co... More >>
2 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri m an has been indicted for allegedly sex trafficking three female victims, including a... More >>
2 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:26:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Police arrested a man who led officers on a short chase and had a crystallike substance in his... More >>
3 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:13:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia residents rallied in front of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler's office Thursday morning, asking the Missouri congresswoman to... More >>
3 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:11:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Justice Department attorney says Ferguson, Missouri, i s making "meaningful progress" in enacting policing and... More >>
3 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:31:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police in Springfield say a man who kept authorities in a several-hour standoff was later found... More >>
4 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:16:00 AM CDT in News
RENICK, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a tree trimmer was killed in north-central Missouri wh en a tree he was... More >>
4 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:12:45 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Two area libraries received federal grants worth nearly $25,000. The Daniel Boone Regional Library received a... More >>
4 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:06:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The daughter of outspoken conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly alleges in a new lawsuit that several of... More >>
4 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:27:35 AM CDT in News
FULTON - Police arrested a home burglary suspect Wednesday morning after he left identifying information behind. Officers responded to... More >>
5 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:53:00 AM CDT in News
GASCONADE COUNTY - Divers found human remains in a pond early Tuesday morning, and authorities are investigating the case as... More >>
5 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:33:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man is accused of causing a car crash that killed his two young... More >>
8 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:16:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas City man who was naked when he was arrested has been charged... More >>
8 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:12:17 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
4pm 67°
5pm 68°
6pm 68°
7pm 67°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
Powerless
8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
The Blacklist: Redemption
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld