February 05, 2015
Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera and defenseman Matt Niskanen will participate in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot with cancer patients and their families at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Monday, Feb. 9, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and changes the way children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography.
Several Flashes of Hope families will watch the Capitals practice from 10:30-11:30 a.m. After practice Chimera and Niskanen will join the families in the Flashes of Hope photo shoot in locker room 8.
Flashes of Hope aims to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Each participating family receives a portfolio of the portraits and a CD of the images at no cost.
The photo shoot marks the fifth year the Washington Capitals have participated in a Flashes of Hope session. Since 2010 the Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation have provided more than $73,000 in grants for Flashes of Hope, establishing the D.C. chapter at Children’s National and supporting the Northern Virginia chapter based at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and the Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. In 2014 nearly 300 patients and their families were photographed during 21 shoots and several special events funded by MSE Foundation.
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