Employees at Fidelity Express in Sulphur Springs are banding together to support an organization devoted to helping children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization founded in 2001, provides professional photo shoots for people with cancer. The photo sessions come at no cost to the families and are done by award-winning photographers and professional make-up artists who volunteer their time and expertise to help the patients feel and look their best.
Fidelity Express recently joined in the efforts to raise both money and awareness for Flashes of Hope after learning that the wife of one of their colleagues is now battling cancer herself, according to Tracey Fatland, Fidelity Express customer support manager. But Bev Neely Bruce of Charlotte, N.C., has chosen to direct her energies in a positive way, launching the Charlotte chapter of Flashes of Hope.
There are now 36 chapters nationwide.
"Our Fidelity Express team is planning a celebration luncheon as a tribute to Bev and in an effort to raise money for Flashes of Hope," said Fatland. "Cancer or some type of life-threatening disease touches everybody at some time. There's not anybody who has not been affected by some form of life-threatening illness."
In addition to the luncheon, Fidelity employees may pay $5 to wear jeans to work through the months of February, March and April, according to Fatland.
A $25 donation provides a photo shoot for one child, which includes an individual photo, then a photo with their closest supporter, which could be a parent, sibling, friend or even a caregiver.
Each family is presented with framed enlargements, proofs and a CD of all the images so the family can make additional prints.
The Flashes of Hope website describes the portrait as much more than a picture on the wall, stating that it is “an indescribable treasure that forever preserves the grace, dignity and beauty of each child.”
For more information or to make a donation, log on to www.flashesofhope.com
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