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Blues Bring Flashes of Hope to Hospital

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues and Blues 14 Fund are proud to bring Flashes of Hope to St. Louis Children's Hospital patients who are battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The project is funded through a grant from the St. Louis Blues 14 Fund and is headed up by Blues wives and girlfriends. Diana Davidson, wife of Blues president John Davidson, is leading the group as the volunteer chapter director.

Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that creates uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses, and also raises money for pediatric cancer research. Every month, the oncology floor at St. Louis Children's Hospital will turn into a photo studio, complete with professional photographers and make-up artists. Patients and their families can attend the shoot and for a few magical moments, children who haven’t wanted to get out of bed are suddenly laughing, smiling and sharing their unique personalities. Families photographed receive a generous portrait package, all free of charge. The photographs, taken by award winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it is especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the bravery, grace and dignity of their child.

Flashes of Hope started in September at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and will officially kick off in October with some help from Blues players Eric Brewer, David Backes and Jay McClement. They will all participate in a photo shoot with the children.

Flashes of Hope was founded in 2001 by the parents of a pediatric cancer patient in Cleveland, Ohio, and now has chapters in over 50 hospitals across the country. This year, approximately 6000 children will be photographed, which represents close to 50% of the children diagnosed with cancer annually in the United States.

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From Left to Right: Ava (photo by Gary Yasaki), Gavin (photo by Clarissa Westmeyer), and Arthur (photo by John Nienhuis).
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