Thursday, February 21, 2013

Boulder Photographer - Volunteering with Flashes of Hope

This will be my seventh year as a volunteer photographer for Flashes of Hope, a national non-profit whose goal is to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured! They do portraits in over 75 hospitals across the country and use volunteer professional photographers for monthly shoots at Children's Hospitals. The portraits are gifts to the families suffering with these life threatening illnesses.

A favorite quote from the Flashes of Hope website: "For a few moments, it doesn't seem like a hospital. Children who haven't wanted to get out of bed are suddenly laughing and smiling. And, nurses take a break from administering medicine to join in the fun." They bring in hair and makeup professionals, and it's a fun monthly event for all the kids and adults!

This week I joined another non-profit here in Boulder, There with Care, providing support to the families of children with life threatening illnesses. As a newcomer to Boulder, I was quite honored to walk into my training and see one of my Flashes of Hope images hanging on the wall at the There with Care office. This image was taken in the Bone Marrow Transplant section of the Aurora Children's Hospital, and because the children's immune systems are compromised during this process, it's extra important to protect them from outside germs. So we go in with full gowns, masks and gloves, and even our cameras need to be wiped down before and after.

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

I have met a few favorite families and kiddos over the years and have followed their journeys and joined their support teams. And the next two photos of an amazing young man who has beaten cancer 5 times now. This photo was taken when Justin was just 4 years old, and he's 9 now and really is a living super hero! If we all had great attitudes like Justin, we could solve ALL the world's problems! Go Justin!

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

This last image was just selected to go in the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation annual report! I'm honored and can't wait until I get my copy in the mail. This really is the most meaningful work that I do all year. The families are so appreciative and the organization is so professional and has all the details figured out. Thank you Flashes of Hope!

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