Focusing on a child’s smile instead of their illness is what Flashes of Hope is all about and, for pediatric cancer patients at University Hospital, it’s a holiday tradition. Just before Thanksgiving, professional stylists and photographers give of their time and talents to help our pediatric cancer patients and their families make happy hospital memories. The kids are pampered and treated like stars as they sit for professional photographs and the families are thrilled to receive free framed portraits right in time for the holidays.
The volunteers capturing our patients’ smiles and bringing lots of joy are part of Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit organization with a San Antonio chapter. So far they have photographed more than 86,000 children with cancer in more than 55 cities across the United States. In addition to the portraits, the families also receive proofs and a digital gallery to share and enjoy for years to come.