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.

Julie Waldhart

Julie Waldhart

Julie first fell into volunteering for the Milwaukee chapter's Flashes of Hope photo shoots at in 2008. As a nurse on the Heme/Onc/BMT (HOT) Unit at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, she and her fellow nurses would help introduce families to the program -- knowing which patients needed a little pick-me-up in their day with a photo shoot filled with laughter and bubbles!

After years of assisting at both the hospital photo shoots and One Step summer camp, Julie became the chapter coordinator in 2015 upon the retirement of the previous director, Bill Owens. The Milwaukee chapter continues to be a nurse-driven volunteer chapter with many of the inpatient nurses giving their time to keep the photo shoots running smoothly. The families appreciate seeing those familiar faces at the shoots and the nurses love to see the patients smiling and having fun. They encourage the patients to celebrate every day, never knowing what tomorrow may bring!

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.