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.

Karen Kritzer

Karen (and Kayden!) are volunteers with the Doggie Brigade at Akron Children's Hospital. They were introduced to Flashes of Hope during one of their routine visits to the hospital and fell in love with the mission of the organization. Human and canine are both proud new members of the Akron team. Karen holds several degrees related to Deaf and Special Education, including a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently an associate professor with the Deaf Education program at Kent State University. In addition to the Doggie Brigade and Flashes of Hope, she also volunteers as a photographer for various non-profit events.

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Hands on head

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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