Flashes of Hope, a session creating smiles with cancer survivors

25% of the children photographed with Flashes of Hope do not survive. 3 out of 4 childhood cancer survivors have long-term chronic illness. 40% have severe illness or die from illnesses such as secondary cancer. 7,000 Child cancer survivors will smile at a Flashes of Hope Session this year. Chris and I will, once again, have the great opportunity of working with the Flashes of Hope organization next weekend.  Last summer we photographed child cancer survivors at Camp Quality near Lake Ann, Michigan. We were approached by Flashes of Hope and gladly accepted the invitation. Chris and I, along with 2 fellow area photographers showed up not knowing what to expect. Approximately 50 cancer surviving children were staying at the camp and they were divided up between the four of us to shoot. I was so happy to get to work with this group of children. They had the nicest personalities and the most beautiful smiles. Flashes of Hope is an organization that changes the way cancer children see themselves. They work closely with their partners to fund lab research of rare and underfunded pediatric cancers. They also support clinical research in local hospitals through the work of the Children’s Oncology Group. You can learn more about this organization by visiting the website.  I’m so glad to be a small part of helping children with cancer smile. Aren’t they beautiful?

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