June 28, 2008
Photography program highlights the bravery, grace and spirit of children battling cancer and other life threatening Illnesses. Flashes of Hope is proud to announce its second chapter in the state of Florida, at Orlando's distinguished Arnold Palmerâ€™s Hospital for children. The chapter was launched in May of this year. The Orlando chapter is off to a great start thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers and a very generous grant from First Priority Travel. â€œAs the daughter of a cancer survivor, I was moved to contact Flashes of Hope after hearing Allison Clarkeâ€™s story on the CBS Morning Show in 2006. I feel very privileged to be a part of an organization that offers an opportunity to give back to the community in a way that is both altruistic and creativeâ€¯ said Orlando Chapter director Nancy Deluca. 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. Shoots are held monthly at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. 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. â€œWe are thrilled to bring the program to another city in Florida, to give this gift to so many more children in the Orlando communityâ€¯ said founder Allison Clarke. 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 Orlando Chapter, please contact Nancy Deluca at 407-246-7006. 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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