When I told a friend what I was going to be doing this Tuesday he looked at me and said, “Wow, that’s going to be depressing.” Making photos of kid’s with cancer. Yes, I can see why he would think that. Cancer sucks in every possible way and when children have it, it sucks even more. But that’s why when a volunteer coordinator from Flashes of Hope contacted me I decided to help. Flashes of Hope is a non-profit that facilitates photo shoots at hospitals and cancer centers all over the country then provides families with a set of prints to treasure for years to come. It also gives kids a chance to have fun and develop confidence while fighting their illness.
Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.
This week I was honored to be one of the photographers for a Father & Son picnic at the Life With Cancer Family Center in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to the photo shoot, the event included a BBQ, games, prizes and kid-sized race cars (exciting!). I met some amazing dads and incredible sons. It was the most uplifting, satisfying photo shoots I have done in a very long time. Thank you to the families and the organizers.
To the beautiful children – keep your spirits high, laugh a lot and fight with all you have. I wish you the very best from the bottom of my heart.