ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera and defenseman Matt Niskanen participated in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot with cancer patients and their families at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 9.
Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and changes the way children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography.
Several Flashes of Hope families watched the Capitals practice and were treated to lunch. Following practice Chimera and Niskanen joined the families in a hockey-themed Flashes of Hope photo shoot and provided autographs to families.
“We really empathize with what these families are going through, and we were glad to help bring some smiles to their faces,” said Chimera. “Flashes of Hope has a great purpose, and we’re happy to support it.”
Flashes of Hope aims to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Each participating family receives a portfolio of the portraits and a CD of the images at no cost.
The photo shoot marked the fifth year the Washington Capitals have participated in a Flashes of Hope session. Since 2010 the Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation have provided more than $73,000 in grants for Flashes of Hope, establishing the D.C. chapter at Children’s National and supporting the Northern Virginia chapter based at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and the Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. In 2014 nearly 300 patients and their families were photographed during 21 shoots and several special events funded by MSE Foundation.