Scott Sealy's Story | Portrait Benefit

Scott was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the age of 10 his mother suddenly passed away of a Glioblastoma brain tumor, which was unknown until after her passing. His father Patrick raised him and his older brother Jason, who were both very active in sports at St. Michaels, Scott played baseball and football.


Scott attended New Mexico State University after graduating from St. Michaels in 2007. While attending NMSU he was active with his fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and met his wife Courtney. Scott graduated with a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice in December of 2012.


After Graduating College Scott and Courtney moved to Gilbert, Arizona where Scott started working in the mortgage industry.  September 19, 2013 Scott and Courtney got engaged and on April 25, 2015 they got married in Mesa, Arizona.


On July 8, 2015 Scott had a seizure as he pulled into his work parking lot, during the seizure he was able to get to help, where the ambulance was called immediately.  He had another seizure on the way to the hospital, when emitted to the hospital he was in an induced coma. Scott spent six days in ICU at Chandler Regional Hospital while ongoing various test, scans, and biopsies to determine the condition.


The initial biopsy showed that Scott had a stage 3 Astrocycoma. The tumor was located on the left lobe of his brain in his speech area. The next step would be an immediate brain surgery.  Mary Hasted- Shields a close family friend of the Sealy family was insistent upon Scott coming to Santa Fe for her husband Dr. Philip T. Shields, Neurosurgeon, to operate on his brain and remove as much of the tumor as possible.  


July 30, 2015 Scott had his surgery at Christus St Vincent Hospital, 40% of the tumor was safely removed due to a large portion of the tumor being located on his speech pattern. Scott recovered quickly from surgery and was released from the hospital on August 2, 2015.  Good news arrived shortly after, his pathology after the surgery showed that his diagnosis was a grade 2 Astrocytoma which meant the tumor was slower growing than initially expected. Scott and Courtney went back home to Arizona at the end of August where he was projected to complete his radiation and chemotherapy.


After a week back in Arizona, Scott was not receiving the immediate care that was needed, and the family decided that it was best for Scott to go back to Santa Fe for his Radiation and Chemotherapy.  Scott was immediately scheduled for treatment with Dr. Donald Shina, Radiation Oncologist and Dr. Karen LuRusso, Chemotherapy Oncologist.  September 2, 2015 Scott started both forms of treatment; he will be on-going for six weeks of Radiation and Chemotherapy simultaneously. During this time Courtney has been traveling back and forth from New Mexico to Arizona. Once treatment has been completed, he will have another MRI/CT Scan to see the progress of treatment and determine the next steps. Scott has remained so strong during the whole process and we are confident that he will continue to fight this. We are so blessed for the support system of friends and family that we have to help us through such a difficult time and are so thankful for all you have done.

Jasper Kay Photography will be hosting a special Scott Sealy portrait benefit and proceeds will go to Scott and his family in their time of need! 


November will be Scott Sealy month and we will be offering $100 lifestyle sessions in honor of Scott! 

They will include 30-45 minute session, 10-15 high-res digital images, a personal online gallery for you to download your images and share with friends and family, + one 8x10 print.