The CBS Early Show features Flashes of Hope

June 29, 2006  |  Posted by Tracy Smith

Flashes of Hope, a national non profit founded and based in Cleveland, was featured on The CBS Early Show on Thursday June 29th. The story, produced by anchor Tracy Smith, was filmed at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital earlier this month. The story focused on the history of the organization and its successful national expansion.
With the help of award winning photographers and stylists, Flashes of Hope creates uplifting portraits of children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Each family is presented with enlargements, proofs and a CD of all the images. All services are provided free of charge.

Kip and Allison Clarke founded the organization during their son’s successful cancer treatment at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The first shoot was held in August 2001 at the Ireland Cancer Center. Since then, the organization has expanded to five additional cities, with dozens of hospitals on a waiting list.

“The services that Flashes of Hope provides to our patients and their families offer a remarkable gift during a truly difficult time,” said Chad T. Jacobsen, M.D., pediatric oncologist at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. “We have been working with this organization since its inception and are pleased and proud of its immense success.”
In 2006 alone, Flashes of Hope will:

- Operate chapters in Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia and Northern Virginia

- Reach nearly 1000 children (nearly 10% of the children annually diagnosed with cancer)

The story is scheduled to run on Thursday June 29, 2006 at 7:40 a.m.

For more information, please contact Kristine DiFiore at 216-514-7005 or or Amanda Todorovich at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, 216-844-1516 or

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