Northern Virginia Chapter of Flashes of Hope photographs 100th child at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children

June 27, 2007

Photography program highlights the bravery, grace and spirit of children battling cancer and other life threatening Illnesses.

The Flashes of Hope Northern Virginia chapter celebrates bringing the gift of it's program to the 100th child this month. The chapter was launched in March of 2006 and was sponsored by a generous gift from the Giving Circle of Hope. Flashes of Hope brings world class photographers into the pediatric hospital at Inova Fairfax Hospital for monthly photo shoots. “We are so happy to be recognized in the community for providing such a lasting gift to the pediatric patients and their families. We are happy to partner with the dedicated staff and the team at the hospital and the chapter has been a great success.” said Virginia Bertness, Northern Virginia Chapter Director and member of the Giving Circle of Hope.

Flashes of Hope is a national non-profit organization based in Cleveland, OH that utilizes volunteer, award-winning photographers and stylists to set up photo shoots in pediatric hospitals across the country. The images help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it is especially important to have a portrait that forever preserves the bravery, grace and dignity of their child. Families that are photographed receive a free portrait gift package and a CD with all of their images. Flashes of Hope began its program in 2001, and currently operates in 19 cities across the country.

This year the Flashes of Hope program will photograph a total of 2500 children, which is 20% of the total number of children diagnosed with cancer each year. Flashes of Hope has a long waiting list to begin it’s program in more than 24 additional pediatric hospitals across the country, and anticipates more than one thousand children will be photographed this year alone. For further information about the Northern Virginia Chapter, please contact Virginia Bertness at 703-476-4785.

About Flashes of Hope
Flashes of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Award-winning photographers and professional make up artists volunteer their time and talent during photo shoots held once a month in cities across the country. More than 2500 children have been photographed since Flashes of Hope’s inception in August 2001.

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