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Special memories for cancer patients

September 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A non-profit group called Flashes of Hope is making memories possible for cancer patients.As photographer Erin Davis sets up for the day 9-year-old Mason Woods waits his turn.

Victory because Mason is healthy now. He's fought leukemia since he was 3-years-old.

Last year his brother Trey donated his bone marrow to Mason. It was a perfect match, but a tough time -- four months in the hospital.

"Mason was in the hospital, very sick and I kept thinking if we can just get out of here I want to get the family together and somehow get a picture made," said Mason's mom, Andrea Woods.

Andrea wanted a Christmas picture of her family all together. That's when she heard about Flashes of Hope.

"We're just trying to make them feel special," said Amanda Johnson, from Flashes of Hope.

Flashes of Hope goes to hospitals nationwide and takes professional pictures of kids with cancer or other life threatening illnesses. The photo session and portraits are free. The staff are volunteers.

"I just would hope that if I was ever in that situation that there would be someone like me who would do this for me," said Johnson.

The Woods got their Christmas photo last year.

"To have a picture during that period of time, so that either way things go, you can remember," said Andrea Woods.

Definitely, a time worth remembering.

 

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