A few weeks ago during one of Lizzy’s inpatient stays, we were told about “Flashes of Hope” and asked if we wanted to participate. We immediately said “Yes” and below you will see the results!
You may be asking – “What is Flashes of Hope?”. I’m glad you asked! Here is a great description taken directly from their website, www.flashesofhope.org
“When a child or teenager is diagnosed with cancer, trips to the hospital instantly become the new routine. Isolated from school, siblings and friends, it can be a challenge to find reasons to smile. Yet, children with cancer find a way.
We are honored to be there to capture those smiles and forever preserve images of courage, beauty and dignity.
By focusing on the child, we put cancer in the background. Volunteer stylists make every child feel special before they step in front of the camera with family, friends and often, a favorite nurse. A routine day quickly turns into a celebration of the love that surrounds them.
Every year, we provide free portrait packages to 7,000 children in 55 cities across the country. Each family is presented with framed enlargements, proofs and a CD of all the images. The portraits help the children see themselves in a new light. The images are not of sick kids, but of strong and beautiful children filled with hope.”
So, with that, we were taken to the “photo shoot” room. They had makeup folks for Lizzy and Lori, and a hair stylist, too. Surprisingly, they didn’t offer makeup or hair styling to me!! I’ll let you form your own opinion on that one!!
The photographer was awesome – and he loved Lizzy!! And she loved posing and smiling and just being Lizzy. It was a great experience and something we really enjoyed. A few weeks later we received all of the photos, including one 11×14 canvas that is just stunning. And all of this at no cost to us. Amazing!
If you like what you see below, please check out their website (www.flashesofhope.org) and tell them how much you appreciate what they do!
And now, on with the show!!!!
Lizzy continues to do well with her treatments. We have finished 3 months of treatment and have 6 months remaining. Other than a couple of unexpected trips to the hospital for blood transfusions, everything has gone “as expected” and we are thankful for that.
As always, thank you for your continued prayers and support – we so appreciate it!