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.
Val Heapes lives in Detroit, MI with her husband Richard, and daughter Ariel. Val has been in Real Estate for 13 years and is currently the Executive Assistant at Street Works Development. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading & learning new things.
Eric Hason has been shooting for Flashes of Hope since 2010 and was named Co-Director of the New York Chapter in 2014. Eric, a native New Yorker living in Brooklyn has been a professional fashion photographer since 2002 (his third and final career, do what you love!). Eric has a long history working with children in his spare time; literacy volunteer with the NYC Board of Ed, big brother through Catholic Big Brothers, and has hosted 5 foreign exchange students through AFS. Given Eric's passion for photography and kids, Flashes of Hope is a natural fit.
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.