Cincinnati Children's Blog

Making Kids Smile, One Flash at a Time

One afternoon every month, an exam room at Cincinnati Children’s is transformed into a photography studio for kids. That’s when an organization called Flashes of Hope photographs children battling life-threatening illnesses.

Flashes of Hope was founded in 2001 by a Cleveland woman whose son was hospitalized for cancer treatments. Now there are chapters across the country, including Cincinnati.

“We wanted to bring a gift to families to offer them something that most families don’t even think about at this time in their lives,” said Vickie Daniels, co-chair of Flashes of Hope.

WKRC was on hand recently when siblings Zion and Zhania took their turns in front of the camera. Both were born with sickle cell disease and restrictive cardiomyopathy which required them to have heart transplants last summer.

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