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Flashes of Hope


Lauren Spilman and Mike Brown (Big Shots, Little Stars)
Photograph courtesy of New Image Photography


Emily Burns and Aliki Kapalko
(Big Shots, Little Stars)

Emily Burns and Aliki Kapalko
 (Big Shots, Little Stars)

Dan and Jennifer Gilbert, Allison Clarke and Lisa Cencula
(Big Shots, Little Stars)
Photograph courtesy of New Image Photography


Flashes of Hope
“Big Shots, Little Stars”



    Red-hot electricity and high anticipation made for a powerful evening for Flashes of Hope held at the “Q” in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    The feeling of standing down on the floor where the Cavs reign, and looking up at hundreds of rows that reach the ceiling was a thrill for all those who dreamed of making the winning shot in the last second of the game.
    There were too many “Big Shots and Little Stars” to count, but a few were Flashes of Hope Founder Allison Clarke, Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert and his family, the little stars including Anthony Insana and Kya Goodwin, and many more beautiful children, honorary event Chairwoman Lauren Spilman, and some very “game” Cavs, who strutted their stuff on the runway.
     More than 750 guests raided the place and with dozens of sponsors, including Title Sponsor K&D Group, raised a net $185,000. The Cavaliers Better Halves, comprised of wives and girlfriends, donated $31,000 to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Cheers to the Cavalier Girls, and also to the Scream Team dancers, who amazed the crowd with their break-dance stunts and high energy.
    Flashes of Hope, which has chapters in 36 cities and eight camps across the country now, changes the way children with cancer see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.
    It was a simple, powerful remark that one boy, Quinn Clarke, who eight years ago at age four was recovering from cancer surgery, told his mother Allison. He wished he had a photograph of his hospital roommate who had passed away. That was the impetus for a force where hope lives. STORY BY SALI McSHERRY


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