Flashes of Hope

Last week I had the privledge of working for Flashes of Hope. If you don’t know about Flashes of Hope here is the description from their website:

“Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.

The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it’s especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the beauty, grace and dignity of their child.

Founded by a 10-year old cancer patient, our Kick-It program raises money for children’s cancer research. Cancer remains the leading disease killer of children in the United States and our goal to kick cancer out of EVERY childhood! For more information, please visit www.kick-it.org. Our goal is to photograph every child until every child is cured.”

In short Flashes of Hope is an amazing organization that puts children and families in touch with amazing photographers. We get the privilege of photographing these children and their families. The value of a photograph really can not be put into words. Photographing for this organization was one of the highlights in my career.

This is one of the very few organizations that I have ever volunteered to work for as a photographer. I found what they do so moving that I was compelled to help.

I photographed 10 children and their families in a tiny nook in a hospital. We also had two surprise guest for the children (some professional hockey players). It was probably also one of the most emotionally draining experiences of my life. Being a father I had a really hard time keeping it together a few times when I was photographing children that were not much older than my daughter.

Anyway it was amazing. You have to check out this organization and if you can give to them. http://www.flashesofhope.org/

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