October 1, 2020

CAPS: Washington Capitals Alumni Langway and Laughlin Participate in Flashes of Hope

Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot pose with a family during a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The photo shoot marked the third year the Washington Capitals have participated in a Flashes of Hope session. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot pose with a child during a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Flashes of Hope aims to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot pose with a family during a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Famer Rod Langway, fellow alumnus Craig Laughlin and mascot Slapshot participated in a Flashes of Hope photo shoot on the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography

Nearly 20 families were photographed during the session with the goal of helping children feel better about their changing appearance. During the shoot, part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, Langway, Laughlin and Slapshot posed for photographs with each child.

“The fact that we can come here and put some cheer into the lives of these kids is second to none,” said Laughlin. “We had a great time with the children today and I hope they and their families treasure the portraits.”

Flashes of Hope aims to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured and also raises money for pediatric cancer research. Each participating family receives a portfolio of the portraits and a CD of the images at no cost.

“Through the photo shoot the children are able to forget about the hospital world for a while and be regular kids,” said Tammi Wolfson, co-director of the Washington, D.C., chapter of Flashes of Hope. “Some kids are clearly in treatment and the photo shoot allows them to celebrate the beauty that they have.”

The photo shoot marked the third year the Washington Capitals have participated in a Flashes of Hope session. Washington Capitals Charities helped create the Washington, D.C., chapter of Flashes of Hope and has funded the organization for the past three years.

“Programs like Flashes of Hope take children’s mind off treatments, especially with special visitors like the Washington Capitals,” said Mark Miller, associate vice president for communications for the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Children’s National Medical Center. “Flashes of Hope gives families a moment to smile during a challenging time and is an example of how we help kids be kids even when they’re in the hospital.”

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

Comments

  1. It’s good to see athletes making a difference and giving back. Kids get so excited about sports heros that the mental lift from a visit will last for a long time, especially since they get to keep a picture of the moment. Good idea Flashes of Hope. These kids face challenges that most of us are spared from.

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