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Inspirational Utah photographer receives picture perfect Dream Team surprise

Posted at 9:40 AM, Apr 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-27 19:16:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY — After a tough year, a Utah photographer received a picture perfect surprise from the FOX 13 Dream Team.

Christian Peay previously worked as a deputy sheriff, and also served at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq alongside a bomb-sniffing dog in Baghdad.

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In his spare time, Christian takes incredible photos, mostly of Utah landscapes, and of his family which includes six children.

During a trip back home back to Utah in 2020, Christian discovered he had Stage 3 colon cancer.

Surgery and rounds of chemotherapy followed, and Christian wasn’t able to return to his job in Iraq.

As the pandemic grew, Christian was in isolation for many of his medical treatments.

One year later, Christian is cancer free, and his sister, Stephanie Hunt, contacted the FOX 13 Dream Team to bring good back into his life.

His surprise happened atop one of Salt Lake City’s most iconic buildings, The Walker Center.

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It was there that the Dream Team told Christian they are sending him to Moab with a private Jeep guide to take him to the best photo locations.

The Dream Team is also sending Christian to Junction, Utah, where he will spend and extended weekend at The Courthouse, a vacation rental that sleeps up to 60 people, so he can celebrate being cancer free with those who’ve been cheering him on while he was isolated.

While in Junction, Rose Ranch Resort is also hooking Christian up with a pair of ATV’s so he can ride the Paiute ATV trail and create more amazing photos and family memories.

If you know someone who could use a visit from the Dream Team, fill out the nomination form here. Tell us the story of the person you are nominating, as it might be told on television, and suggest a gift.

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