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.

Ila Coretti

Ila Coretti

I came to FOH, with a background in photography. After having gone through the cancer battle with my young son, I read about the organization in Parade magazine and immediately wanted to get involved.

When I see a child and they are photographed for the first time, sometimes they are a little shy at first, but after a few minutes you see a little smile sneak in, then it turns into a big smile or a silly face. Then you see the parents reaction, seeing their kids, be a kid in front of the camera, doing what kids do.

One of my favorite memories takes place at the hospital holiday parties and summer picnics that we photograph. There are a group of teenagers, that met when they were first diagnosed as children with cancer. Through the years they have all remained close and they will always have a group shot taken together. They have been through so much, remissions, relapses, it's important that they have these photos.

I used to be surprised when people would ask me " Why would anyone want photos from when their child was sick?" After having been through this with my own son, I am so glad that I have the photos that I took, I still have his smile to look at. Currently, I live outside of Chicago with my husband, 2 sons and 2 crazy dogs.

HAILEY & ALYSSA | Photographed by Mat McCabe

HAILEY & ALYSSA | Photograph by Mat McCabe

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