Recently, I again had the honor of doing portrait sessions as a volunteer photographer for Flashes of Hope, a national organization founded in 2001 by the parents of a child with cancer.
Quoting from their website,
We are a volunteer driven organization solely focused on children’s cancer. With chapters in 55 cities, we photograph more than 50% of the children annually diagnosed in the United States.
Since… 2001, we have photographed 39,505 children at hospitals and camps across the United States.
For too many families, the portrait is the last one they have of their child. Thousands of children are waiting for a cure while doctors are forced to use outdated and toxic treatments. Cancer is the leading disease killer of children yet childhood cancer receives only 4% of federal funding for research.
In 2009, Flashes of Hope began funding research to help find a cure for childhood cancer. They’ve raised millions of dollars in research donations through fund-raising programs such as Kick-It, luncheons, cocktail parties and, of course, direct donations.
If you’re interested in hosting a Kick-It game or supporting a player, you can learn more here.
Learn more about the supported research studies here.
Contact Flashes of Hope directly here.
To say that witnessing the strength, courage and positivity of these young people and their families is an awe-inducing and humbling experience would be quite an understatement. To say how completely inspired and blessed I feel by the end of “picture day” would be equally inadequate. What I can say, with accuracy and certainty, is that immediately after completing these sessions, I’m always looking forward to the next time!
Without further ado, here are just a few of the images from a truly memorable day…