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Flashes of Hope brightens the lives of children with cancer and life-threatening illnesses through a national photography program, special events and by investing in childhood cancer research.
Flashes of Hope was founded by the parents of a pediatric cancer patient during their 18-month-old son’s first battle with cancer. Since 2001, Flashes of Hope has partnered with pediatric hospitals nationwide, presenting free photo packages to over 75,000 young patients and their families.
Flashes of Hope provides direct services to over 5,000 children battling cancer. Photo sessions are held monthly at our 120 partner hospitals and special events nationwide for children battling cancer. The direct interaction with patients and their families allows us to provide needed and consistent assistance to the pediatric cancer community.
Volunteer photographers, assistants and professional stylists transform hospital floors into professional studios to photograph the children with their family and supporters. Stylists carefully apply makeup, often teaching teenage girls how to re-create eyebrows lost to chemotherapy and help children and family members look and feel their best. Once in front of the camera, uncertainty gives way to joyful smiles.
A few weeks after the photo shoot, families receive a 8"x 12" mounted portrait, 4"x 6" prints and an online gallery of downloadable images that document the strength, beauty and unique story of their child.