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founded May 2008
kids photographed to date 4,057

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As you may know, Cindy & I volunteer for the Flashes of Hope chapter here in Chicago. We provide free portraits to children with cancer and raise money for pediatric cancer research. I am asking you to sponsor us to photograph these children who have taught us the meaning of courage and an appreciation for... { more }
As you may know, Cindy & I volunteer for the Flashes of Hope chapter here in Chicago. We provide free portraits to children with cancer and raise money for pediatric cancer research. I am asking you to sponsor us to photograph these children who have taught us the meaning of courage and an appreciation for life.

Our corporate clients appreciate our work when they see themselves in a flattering light. But with Flashes of Hope shoots we can often change the way kids with cancer see themselves.

It has been a privilege to provide this gift which forever preserves the grace, beauty and dignity of every child. The devastating reality is that for many of these families, it is the last photograph of their child. Unfortunately, research is severely under funded with less than 4% of federal funding going toward children's cancer research!

Cindy & I always look forward to photographing for Flashes of Hope. It's a small way to honor the courage of children with cancer.

Please consider helping Flashes of Hope raise funds to photograph the children and to accelerate a cure for children's cancer through research. We are not participating in a walk or running a marathon. We are walking beside these amazing children all year as they fight for their lives.

Thank you for helping us to continue to make children with cancer smile and fund research in Chicago and across the country.

With sincere appreciation,

Bill & Cindy Koechling, Flashes of Hope Chicago Chapter

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Recent Support

Paul Kaye
Cold Spring, NY

Kristen Whisner
Kenilworth, IL - Illinois

Catherine Youngquist
Glenview, IL
$25

Chapter Photographers

Volunteer Stylists

Brandon Trumfio
Venus Berrios
Krystyn Johnson
Marguerite Preston
Jessica Yaeger
Vanessa Valiant
Isabell Daniel
Heather Busulovich
Nikolina Gubernat
Paula Heckenast
Noemi Rodriguez
Weronika Bobula
Aga Kaskiewicz
Alex Sanchez
Amanda Shallow
Amelia Wray
Angelo Juliano
Antoniya Reed
Ashlynn Raquel McBride
Camille Dy
Carmen Zamora
Dana Schuster
Denise White
Emily Wolf
Hillary Fenton
Illiam Figueroa-Talavera
Jacqueline Meller-Vogt
Jaide Dahlke
Jennifer Brown
Jessi Sheehan
Jill Glaser
Karen Koenig
Kate Reinhart
Kristina Montero
Laura Black
Lauren Cassidy
Lauren Ward
Lesly Moreno
Lisa Cristia
Maria Bork
Maribeth Navarro
Mary Vera-Martin
Michelle Bloom Pelletier
Milian Bonillo
Natalie Torres
Nena Mondonedo Perez
Nina Velazquez
Paty Cholewczynski
Rachel Borsodi
Sabrina Ramirez
Shelly WIlson
Stacy Wexler
Tia Gay
Tiffany Beckford
Yvonne Wallace
Andie Cumber
Danielle Detore
Kate Johnson
Zee Guftason
Joanna Bastermajian
Elise Blill
Chrissy Tomasi
Alicia Brooks
Traci Fine
Jessica Monzalva
Sonya Tisdel-McNeil
Abigail Reyes
Agnes Buda-Milewski
Alyssa Jacob
Amber Hart
Ami Holguin
Anjali Ahn
Ashley Longtin
Bozena Skamelska
Carly Pribich
Carrie Hreha
Denise Cockrell
Elizabeth Bilow
Genell Banks
Hope Kendrick
Jackie Zavala
Jacqui Wilkins
Jaycie Kurfess
Jennifer Stroller
Jessica Cordova
Julia Blumenthal
Karen Stephany Giraldo
Katie Whelan
Kristy Jones
Laura Cusick
Lauren Pisani Sousanis
Lauria Locsmondy
Lindsay Tosto
Lora Michael
Maria Micsunescu
Maria Del Angel
Melissa Guss
Michelle Raucci
MOnica Margerum
Neenah Mari Harwell
Nika Vaughn
Patty Juarez
Rachael Kraaz Perrin
Rena Freeman
Selena Rekovich
Sonia Roselli
Syl Delasoul
Theresa Marzullo
Tricia Clarke

Chapter Director(s)

Hannah Witte
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Ila Coretti
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Ila Coretti
Laura Alexander
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Laura Alexander

Chapter Information

Hannah Witte
hwitte@bearnecessities.org,
312- 214-1200 x25

Shoot Locations

Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn
Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital
Comer Children's Hospital
University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center
Camp One Step
TLC Camp

Chapter Sponsor

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

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