I am honored to say I am a photographer with Flashes Of Hope Chicago.
Here’s my story…2 and 1/2 years ago my friend lost her child to cancer on August 6, 2010. We took some portraits of her in her last few days and this tiny little girl taught me even in those last hours she was filled with love, strength, courage, and life. No one is ever ready for their child to leave. The heartbreaking days that followed with forever be a part of me. The love, strength and courage her mother and family have inspired me to reach out and see how I could do something with a group for other families. I reached out to some local Cancer programs to see how I could help. I don’t know how I was finally connected to Flashes of Hope but I spoke to the area director, Carrie Gowens (http://www.flashesofhope.org/chapters/Chicago/director/27) and felt like I was talking to an old friend. Carrie and I talked every few months and I secretly hoped the group would eventually get some suburban locations so I could participate. Back in November 2012 CDH hospital had the first session I participated in and I am happy to say I am a Flashes Of Hope Chicago Photographer.
It is a privilege and an honor to photograph these children and families. I know from my good friend how much these images mean to her and hope that you can share this post with people you love and spread the word about this amazing program.
Here is the local website for Flashes Of Hope: http://www.flashesofhope.org/chapters/Chicago
Here is the local kiddo’s: http://www.flashesofhope.org/chapters/Chicago/photos
I am honored to be a part of this amazing group of people – I am humbled by the families who are battling these horrible diseases – I giggle when the kids smile and I cry with the families when they see the beauty I get to see through my lens. Thank you so much for letting me do this and thank you for reading this today.