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.

Courtney Mendivil

Courtney Mendivil

Courtney was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, at the young age of 6 weeks old. She has a huge passion for medical and health initiatives, especially childhood cancer. Currently, she lives in Los Gatos, CA and works in marketing for a medical device company. Courtney also volunteers her time as a beside librarian at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is so grateful for the opportunity to give back to the cancer community that has supported her and her family through her journey with cancer.

Julia Robarts

Julia Robarts

Julia Robarts was named Co-Director of the San Francisco Chapter in 2011. She has been in the high-tech industry for 15+ years and now manages the US office for a French recruitment firm in San Francisco, CA.. Julia received a bachelor's degree in political science from the of University of California, Berkeley.

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.

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