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.
In 2007 we opened the 8th chapter of Flashes of Hope in Baltimore. Through my work with this organization, I have the privilege of working with amazing photographers and meeting inspiring families who face their challenges with grace and dignity. It is an honor to interact with the families and provide the gifts of beauty and strength shown in their portraits.
For six years, from 1991 to 1997, I was the Director of Volunteers and Special Projects at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. In 1997 I became Manager of Volunteer Programs at the National Aquarium and remained in that position until my retirement in September 2016. For the past 10 years I have been the Director of the Baltimore Chapter of Flashes of Hope and currently I am also an active volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore. In addition to pursuing other volunteer opportunities, I plan to continue taking courses in an effort to keep my creative spirit alive and well.
My three beautiful grandchildren play an important part in my life. As I continue to participate in Flashes of Hope, I am grateful every day that they enjoy good health and live a happy, energetic life. If I can be part of providing just a moment of happiness for the families who presently are unable to experience this joy, then my heart will be full.
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.