JAMAZIA | Photographed by Mark Beaven

St. Louis
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founded September 2010
kids photographed to date 1,450

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I work with Flashes of Hope to give families a bit of joy and relaxation during their lengthy hospital visits. As a photographer, I know firsthand the powerful memories an image can create. Also, my own child was a patient at St. Louis Children's Hospital and the nurses, doctors, and staff will... { more }
I work with Flashes of Hope to give families a bit of joy and relaxation during their lengthy hospital visits. As a photographer, I know firsthand the powerful memories an image can create. Also, my own child was a patient at St. Louis Children's Hospital and the nurses, doctors, and staff will forever have a special place in my heart. When a friend showed me a magazine article about Flashes of Hope, its mission spoke to me and I knew immediately Flashes was an organization for which I wanted to volunteer.

It is an honor and a privilege to be with families during an extremely emotional time of their lives. During a recent Flashes of Hope shoot, I shared moments with two families at opposite times of their treatments.

I met a girl battling cancer for the third time, and she had brought her entire extended family to the hospital to celebrate her final day of chemotherapy. She was an absolute joy to be around and lit up the room with her humor and grace. When the IV pump beeped, signifying the end of her chemo treatments, the room exploded in applause. We captured everyone's joy, forever frozen in time.

At that same shoot I met a little boy, shy at first, but all smiles once we began blowing bubbles with him. As the family left the room, his mother paused and told me "Thank you for making today a little better, we just found out."

I am proud to be a part of Flashes of Hope and play a small role in making children's days a little better one photograph at a time.

For me, Flashes of Hope is about not just about taking pictures, but creating heirlooms for families, and I plan to continue to serve as a chapter director to help these families as long as there are children to photograph.

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Chapter Director(s)

Michele Steinberg
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Michele Steinberg

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Chapter Information

440-442-9700

Shoot Locations

St. Louis Children's Hospital
Camp Rainbow in St. Louis

Chapter Sponsor

St. Louis Blues

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