November 12, 2012
The Little Cup of Hope fundraiser to benefit Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating portraits of children fighting cancer, will be hosted at Wellesley Country Club on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Little Cup of Hope will be an afternoon of Christmas cheer for children and their parents. Children attending will wear their pajamas and slippers and settle in for a cup of hot cocoa and treats, then it's story time with a surprise reader and a visit with Frosty. Each child will be asked to bring a new pair of slippers. The slippers will be brought to Boston Children's Hospital and given to the children who will be staying in the hospital during the holidays. Flashes of Hope was founded by Ohio-based Allison Clarke when her son Quinn was diagnosed with leukemia. When Quinn was in the hospital he made great friends with other children who were battling the same horrible disease. When one of Quinn's friends passed away, Clarke realized they hadn't taken any pictures of the children's special times together. She made a decision to find professional photographers willing to volunteer their time at the hospital and use their camera lenses to see beyond the devastating disease and photograph the children behind the cancer. Today, Flashes of Hope partners with more than 70 hospitals throughout the United Sates and has photographed more than 22,600 children. Locally, each month since 2009, Wellesley-based portrait photographer Roger Pelissier has volunteered his time transforming each hospital room into a photography studio giving the children and their families a chance to take a break from the routine of the hospital and medicine. For more information about the event, visit littlecupofhope.com.
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