Monday, November 25, 2013

'Flashes of Hope' Captures Smiles on Camera


MGHfC patient Andrea Cincotta with chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC Howard Weinstein, MD.


On an overcast day in June, smiles were beaming in the healing garden at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. As part of a Flashes of Hope photo shoot, patients and families from the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic had a unique opportunity to capture special memories in professional black and white photography. The volunteer-driven organization, based in Cleveland, takes professional portraits of children with cancer or life-limiting illness as a way to honor their lives and raise funds to support cancer research.

“Andrea loves photography so this opportunity to be photographed in her new ‘clinic life’ was good timing,” says Mary Cincotta, mother of MGHfC patient Andrea. “I think it helped her feel more connected in a positive way. I love them because they caught my daughter’s real, true, genuine smile, and that has been hard to come by in the last year.”

As a way of documenting the child’s treatment or simply to celebrate the child, Flashes of Hope has hosted photo shoots at MGHfC for the past four years, about three times per year. The families are treated to professional hair and make-up stylists before the shoot, and receive copies of the photos when they are done.

“Families are always telling us it’s such a gift to see their kids smiling in the hospital,” says Paola Abello, Volunteer Chapter Director at Flashes of Hope. “The photographers are really great at capturing the spirit of the child.”


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