March 30, 2008
Photography program highlights the bravery, grace and spirit of children battling cancer and other life threatening Illnesses. The first year for Flashes of Hope in Minneapolis has been marked with great success, the chapter consistently reaches 15-20 pediatric cancer patients and their families each month. The chapter launched last August thanks to the generous support from the Hale Family Foundation and continued support from Minneapolis based White House Custom Colour (WHCC). â€œWe are very happy to be able to bring this lasting gift to so many children in the Twin cities. We have a very dedicated hospital staff and a wonderful group of volunteers that make it all happen on a monthly basis. The chapter is off to a great start,â€¯ said Leslie Hale, Minneapolis Chapter Director. Flashes of Hope brings world class photographers into Childrenâ€™s Hospital for the monthly photo shoots. 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 itâ€™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 Minneapolis Chapter, please contact Leslie Hale at 612-940-2014. 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 Hopeâ€™s inception in August 2001. For more information about Flashes of Hope, please visit http://www.flashesofhope.org # # # Flashes of Hope Media Relations Janelle Dougherty 216.570.2077 (direct) 216.514.7005 (office) Janelle@flashesofhope.org
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