GALI  |   Photographed by Hall Puckett

Houston (Texas Children's)
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founded July 2008
kids photographed to date 850

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When I received the opportunity to start a Flashes of Hope (FOH) chapter at MD Anderson in Houston five years ago, I had no idea of the profound impact it would have on my life. I had read an article about FOH in the newspaper and felt an immediate connection with the organization's mission:... { more }
When I received the opportunity to start a Flashes of Hope (FOH) chapter at MD Anderson in Houston five years ago, I had no idea of the profound impact it would have on my life. I had read an article about FOH in the newspaper and felt an immediate connection with the organization's mission: to change the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Chronicling the childhood of my two daughters, Allison and Caley, through photography was one of my greatest pleasures. Holidays, birthdays, first and last days of school and all of the days in-between were lovingly captured on film. Following a move to Texas and facing a potential evacuation due to an impending hurricane, I quickly realized that the only material possessions that I truly cared about saving were the beautiful, irreplaceable photographs of my girls.

My conversations with the loving parents of the children we photograph have made me realize how radically their lives were changed in that one instant when they learned that their child had a life-threatening illness. I have been truly blessed and humbled by the time I have been able to spend in the presence of so many young warriors, valiantly fighting the good fight with incredible poise and good nature. Angelic young girls wearing sparkly shoes and brilliant smiles while kissing a parent or hugging a sibling in front of the camera… Brave, balding teenage boys hamming it up for the camera with their dads who have shaved their own heads in solidarity… Squirming toddlers who finally sit still just long enough for us to capture a photo that their families will treasure forever.
One morning at the hospital, several years ago, is indelibly inscribed in my memory. The photographer and I were told that an extremely ill in-patient had asked if we could come to his room to take a photo. Too weak to get out of bed or even sit up on his own, this handsome teenager, Matt, whispered to me that he hoped we could get some good shots quickly, as he knew his mom really wanted a photograph of the two of them together. While she leaned in to get close to him, he managed several beautiful smiles, visibly trying to hide what must have been excruciating moments of pain. Before I left the room, this young hero quietly thanked me for allowing him to give his mom such a wonderful gift.

That day I was allowed to bear witness to incredibly intimate and profound moments between a loving mother and her dying son. And I knew that Matt had been right when I received a thank you note from his mom, thanking me for the beautiful photographs he left behind.

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Houston, TX
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Houston, TX
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Princeton, NJ
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713-839-8483

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