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.
As a triple negative breast cancer survivor and mom, I am thrilled to be involved with Flashes of Hope! It's the perfect culmination of my varied pasts both personally and professionally. Prior to my battle with cancer, I ran the children's television/film department of one of Chicago's most well known talent agencies. I was a talent agent, casting director and acting coach specializing in kids and teens for over 20 years. After my 2005 battle with cancer, I decided that I wanted to give back to the incredible cancer community by working full time as the Director of Events and PR for Imerman Angels, a Chicago based cancer support charity. Currently I am raising my amazing teenage daughter and dog in the city of Chicago.
I know all too well the importance of capturing the precious moments and courage of one's cancer journey in photos One of my biggest regrets is not having ONE single picture of my bald head from my battle with cancer. I often wish I had one to not only remind myself of my own strength and beauty in those vulnerable moments but to share with my biggest supporter, my daughter, and other cancer fighters just beginning their battles. This picture would be a huge source of comfort, hope and inspiration to those in the fight.
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.