Flashes of Hope
The Madison Chapter of Flashes of Hope, located at the American Family Children's Hospital, provides free professional portrait services for families of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
The classic black and white portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it.
Chapter director and nursing coordinator Trudy Brule established the chapter in June 2007 with a grant from the Cure Kids Cancer Coalition. Each month, Trudy and her group of volunteer photographers and stylists transform an American Family Children's Hospital clinic waiting room into a photo studio. Teen patients and moms are treated to mini-makeovers. Patients are photographed individually, and also with their family members. Since 2007, more than 210 children and families have been photographed.
About 6-8 weeks after the shoot, families are presented with a beautiful portrait gift package featuring two 8x10 portraits framed in a leather portfolio, a set of 4x6 proofs and a CD of all the images so that copies can be made for families and friends. This gift package is completely free to the families.
Photo shoots are held monthly from 1-5 pm in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology clinic area on the second floor, or in the child's inpatient room if he or she is not able to come to a central area. Flashes of Hope appointments can be coordinated with clinic visits or treatments.
Flashes of Hope Photo Shoots
For a list of upcoming photo shoots at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, visit www.flashesofhope.org.
Learn More About Flashes of Hope
Read about the Flashes of Hope photo shoot for 16-year-old Juliette and 7-month-old Emily:
To participate in a photo shoot or for more information, contact: