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.
Tera Ester is a busy Mom of 2 and married to her husband going on 17 years now. Tera earned her B.S. in Psychology at The Florida State University and a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis at The University of South Florida. She practiced as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (B.C.B.A.) for 14 years and worked in the field for nearly 20, consulting with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tera's passion for making a difference in others’ lives has been at the forefront of her career and life.
Tera was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma brain tumor at 14 years old, as well as lost her Mother to breast cancer at 20 years old. She knows firsthand the impact that cancer can have on a child and their family. Tera was inspired when a friend told her about Flashes of Hope and she knew that she wanted to be a part of such a wonderful organization giving back to children and their families on their cancer journeys. Tera is honored to volunteer as the Co-Director of the Tampa Bay Flashes of Hope Chapter, in order to help children who are fighting cancer to capture a snapshot of the tremendous courage that they exemplify daily.
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.