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Flashes of Hope comes to Floating Hospital for Children

December 18, 2006

Flashes of Hope Comes to Floating Hospital for Children
The Floating Hospital for Children's Cancer Center was selected by Flashes of Hope to be the first site in Boston to participate in their program - an endeavor geared towards lifting the spirits of cancer patients and their families through the beauty of photography.

Flashes of Hope, a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses, was founded by Allison Clark, whose son is a cancer survivor. Her goal is to help families of terminally ill children preserve the beauty, grace and dignity of these children through photography.

The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, aim to help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. Professional make-up artists also offer pre-photo services for participants.

Since September, photo shoots have taken place monthly at the Floating. The photo shoots, coordinated through Floating’s Child Life Services with no cost to the family, capture portraits of pediatric patients with their families. Flashes of Hope provides each family with two framed 8 x 10 photos, a complete set of proofs, a CD of all photos, and a release from the photographer to enable the family to make additional prints. Feedback from families has been very enthusiastic.

The Flashes of Hope chapter at Floating Hospital has been made possible by the generous philanthropic support of the Brewer family. Photographers, photographer’s assistants, and make-up artists and the local Flashes of Hope chapter coordinator also generously volunteer their time to Flashes of Hope at Floating. For more information about Flashes of Hope visit www.flashesofhope.org.

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