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children’s miracle network.

miss america + credit unions come together for children’s miracle network.

juri valdov, chairman, credit union miracle day, inc.

last week the atrium at children’s national medical center was a very exciting place – dozens of patients participated in an awesome event to decorate piggy banks and hang out with 2010 miss america! the lovely caressa cameron serves as a goodwill ambassador for children’s miracle network – an international non-profit serving hundreds of children’s hospitals, and the official platform for the miss america organization. the kids loved meeting her, posing for photos with her and the crown, and she even helped decorate and play games with everyone. during the program following the arts + crafts she also spoke on behalf of the organization and what it means to her to be able to work with the children.

in addition to celebrating the children, the event commemorated the absolutely amazing $923,000 raised by the 2010 credit union cherry blossom run. credit unions have sponsored the run since 2002, and contributed over $4m for children’s hospitals nationwide. on sunday april 11 over 15,000 runners took to the streets of dc, marking the 37th year of a great tradition.


lead partner PSCU financial services presented one of last year’s auctioned piggy banks to juri valdov.


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rachel + scott :: wedding preview!

rachel + scott :: married! the tabard inn, washington dc.

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hope, love + cupcakes.

a birthday celebration at children’s hospital.

earlier this week i photographed the most wonderful birthday party for joe robert at CNMC! the kids call him “mr. joe” and they were delighted to surprise him in the art center at children’s national medical center with a fantastic party – complete with cupcakes, bubbles, silly string, noise makers, hand-made cards, a super banner, and of course, their smiling faces!

joe robert is an amazing man and one of hospital’s great philanthropists, as well as a cancer survivor. as part of the celebration, the kids helped joe make his own BEADS necklace – an awesome arts project where patients make beaded necklaces that pay tribute to their treatments. BEADS stands for Bravery, Endurance, Achievement, Determination, Strength – qualities which abound here at CNMC in not only the patients, but in all of the doctors, staff, volunteers and donors that come together to treat and care for the children. every time i have the opportunity to visit CNMC and work with this amazing group of people i am touched and inspired beyond words.

enjoy :)


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beautiful optimism in the art center @ children’s national medical center – washington, dc.

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rearview reflection of the postal museum in capitol hill – washington, dc.


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be brave & shave.

razing money for cancer.

CNMC patients help ambassador yousef al otaiba prep for his half a million dollar shave.

last week i photographed another fantastic event at children’s national medical center in dc – be brave & shave. this great initiative has generated a strong buzz (literally) and raised almost $750,000 in the first year! on friday afternoon, the united arab emirates ambassador to the united states, yousef al otaiba, shaved his head in support of the hospital’s cancer programs. the ambassador raised over $274,000 in donations, and then matched that amount for an amazing grand total of almost $550,000!

the best part of the event was that some of the children participated in the shave – rubbing shaving cream on the ambassador’s head and helping him towel off! one very special patient, a cancer survivor named carston, spoke about his experiences at CNMC and his special bead necklace symbolizing his journey to recovery. he even presented the ambassador and his girlfriend, abeer shoukry with beaded necklaces of their own! inspiring.

united arab emirates ambassador yousef al otaiba.

carston speaks about his treatment + experiences at CNMC.

abeer shoukry.


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