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.
Programs like Flashes of Hope help to turn my wonderful job into my absolute dream job! Early on in my social work career, I knew I wanted to work primarily with children. To this day I cannot think of anything more rewarding. Working as a medical social worker in a Hematology/Oncology unit, one cannot help but build close relationships with families who are experiencing a very difficult period in their lives. I live for the days I can see them smile, make memories, and have fun as a family unit. Flashes of Hope allows me to see a beautiful side of these families…siblings hugging and reassuring each other, parents cuddling their little ones, and children who ham it up for the cameras and let their personalities shine!
At the end of the day, this shared experience helps me to feel more connected to the patients and families, and leads to a strengthened work relationship.
Flashes of Hope is why I love doing the work I do. I look forward to growing with this program for years to come, and bring hope and happiness to all.
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.