I don't know if I have ever shared these images but I wanted to take a minute to share something with you that is near and dear to my heart. Flashes of Hope is an organization that works with children that have been diagnosed with cancer. I have been honored to work with them over the years, giving the parents a gift that will last for a lifetime. When my son was barely 2 years old, he woke up with a 105 fever one morning. From there he stopped walking, it looked like it was painful for him to walk. A few days later we ended up in the hospital. It was a very difficult time for me because 1) my husband was out of town for the week with work and 2) it absolutely broke my heart to see my son so lethargic and clearly very uncomfortable. During our time in the hospital, we were not allowed to leave our room, we were in the infectious disease section and anyone coming in was required to wear masks, etc... Several days of bloodwork and other tests, before we received his official diagnosis. During that time the doctor believed Mekhi had leukemia. I was terrified. I remember the one bright light in every day was the volunteers that came in. They would bring toys and read stories to my son. Even though he was too out of it to play with the toys, it meant a lot to us that these people cared enough to take time out of their day to stop by for a visit. It was at that moment, I knew I wanted to be a part of something like that. So I did some research and found Flashes of Hope. When I go out to do their photo shoots in the hospitals, these kids absolutely LIGHT UP. They have gone through so much and hearing the stories is absolutely heart breaking, but they continue to smile and laugh. I always leave those sessions feeling fulfilled and honored, that I got the opportunity, to spend those few hours with such amazing little beings!