Children with cancer are smiling today at a Flashes of Hope shoots. Our dedicated volunteer chapter directors coordinate photo shoots within the nation's top hospitals and at special events for children with cancer. Whether photographing one child isolated in a bone marrow unit or a hundred kids having fun at summer camp, it's an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
Co-Chapter Directors Kim and Jay O'Leary launched the Nashville Chapter of Flashes of Hope in 2010. Both graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement Studies. Kim previously worked for OrthoLink Physicians Corporation as an administrative assistant to the CEO and Human Resources Department. She is currently home raising their two children. Jay works as an Employee Benefits Consultant with AFLAC. In their spare time they enjoy golfing, traveling, exercising and spending time with their family.
Sherri was named Co-Director of the Nashville Chapter in 2015. Sherri began her volunteer work in Nashville working in Special Events with the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, which she continues to do. She became involved with Flashes of Hope based on her strong affinity and compassion for children and families dealing with cancer gained through her own personal experience of having a child with leukemia many years ago. One of Sherri's strongest memories of that time was the amazing strength and courage that she saw in the children battling with cancer - and a wisdom beyond their years. Creating special moments and memories for children and families facing similar challenges through her involvement with Flashes of Hope has a special meaning to Sherri. Previously, Sherri had a successful career in executive recruiting as a professional recruiter with a large executive search firm. She holds a BA in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Georgia State University. In addition to her volunteering, Sherri enjoys playing guitar and singing in her spare time. She lives with her husband in Franklin, Tennessee.
The children often request to be photographed with special friends – in this case a stuffed bunny. Children are also photographed with parents, siblings, hospital staff and even fellow patients. This sweet image was captured at All Children's Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
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