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.



Kayden has been a therapy dog since he was one year of age. He enjoys Smart Bones, popcorn, and bringing smiles to the faces of everyone he meets!

Sarah Blakely

Sarah Blakely

Sarah attended the first Flashes of Hope photo shoot in 2001 and became a founding board member. In addition to volunteering for Flashes of Hope, she has held a variety of volunteer leadership positions in her community. Prior to staying home to raise her four children, Sarah was the National Sales Representative for a Cleveland based manufacturing company. She has a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University.

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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