Jan 27, 2014
09:29 AM
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Connecticut Gallery Helping Flashes of Hope Make Cancer Patients Look as Beautiful as They Are

Connecticut Gallery Helping Flashes of Hope Make Cancer Patients Look as Beautiful as They Are

Matt Guillory

Lillian.

When 17-year-old Lynn Aureli looks at the photographs that hang in her living room now, she appreciates how far she has come in the last year.

The images show her without hair as the result of chemotherapy. In one, her skin looks luminous and she smiles for the camera.

While Aureli was receiving treatment at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Flashes of Hope, based in Cleveland, Ohio, arranged for the photo shoot, which included a professional photographer, local makeup artist and hair stylist, prints and a CD of all the photographs.

“It’s a gift,” said Heidi Carmigiano, Flashes of Hope chapter manager. “It’s to create an uplifting time for these kids that are in the hospital. They have so many times that are less than pleasant and it gives them a chance to be a kid and it gives the families an opportunity to have a gift of their child’s picture when they wouldn’t either have the time or the resources to have it done.” (Above, Tim Evans photograph)

For more information about Flashes of Hope, visit www.flashesofhope.org.

The organization, founded in 2001 by parents of children with cancer, has chapters in 55 cities, including the one in Hartford. Although all the photographers and hair salons donate their services, there is always fundraising necessary.

On Jan. 30, Chester-based photographer Caryn B. Davis and her husband, Leif Nilsson, will host “Cocktails for a Cause” at the Leif Nilsson Gallery in Chester. All proceeds will be donated to Flashes of Hope. Owned by the couple, the gallery showcases Nilsson’s impressionist paintings and Davis’ photography.

Aureli, a senior at Rocky Hill High School, remembers fondly the day of her photo shoot. It coincided with the day, last September, when she was being discharged after a month of inpatient care at Connecticut Children’s. With her hair growing back and college to look forward to she appreciates the photos. (Above, Lorelai; photo by  Joseph Moss)

“It was nice that they really encouraged me to take my wig off, which at the time I wasn’t really comfortable with,” remembered Aureli. “But now I’m really glad that they told me to do that because looking back, the pictures of me bald are my favorite pictures.”

Asked why, Aureli paused to think about it and said, “I don’t really have many pictures of me bald, so looking back it’s kind of nice to see them and it shows how far I’ve come.”

See the full story online at The Shoreline Times.

 

Connecticut Gallery Helping Flashes of Hope Make Cancer Patients Look as Beautiful as They Are

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