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.
I first heard about Flashes of Hope when a co-worker's niece's image was featured in Parade magazine in 2008. I was immediately struck by the invaluable gift Flashes of Hope provides to children and families documenting a special child just as they are at that moment.
I love how quality portraits can capture the essence of a child, provide joy and tell a story and am thrilled to contribute to the community, especially to children and families.
I received a BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MS in Geotechnical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from the University of Texas. I have worked as a Strategic Planning Manager for a large engineering firm.
My husband Ben and I are the proud parents Rebecca and Ben.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Melissa moved to the Houston area after graduating college in May of 2018 from the University of Findlay, Ohio. She currently works for Pro Links Sportsâ€"a full-service golf management companyâ€"as a Volunteer Coordinator at the Insperity Invitational. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, playing with her dog, and exploring new places.
Cindy started the Houston Chapter of Flashes of Hope at MD Anderson in May 2008, after reading an article about the organization and viewing the inspirational images on the Flashes of Hope website. She is currently Vice-President of Marketing for American General Life Companies. Within her current and past roles at American General, Cindy has been afforded the opportunity to give back to the community in a number of charitable and volunteer efforts.
Cindy received a B.S. degree in Radio-TV Communications at the University of Illinios and has held a variety of communication roles, including radio and television news and advertising and public relations.
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.