Gems of Hope was founded to share hope with others.
Gems of Hope was inspired by Tory, a 9-year-old living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. While her mother was in treatment for cancer, Tory wrote daily notes of encouragement, leaving them where her mother would see them. Tory’s mother recognized that the love behind the notes and the opportunity to create art, as well as the information she found in her reading, were valuable components in her recovery. She joined two friends also affected by cancer in founding a non-profit organization that would extend these components to others. Gems of Hope promotes what medical research now supports: feelings of optimism and hope encourage healing.
To bring hope to cancer patients and their families.
To provide cancer patients and their families support and resources to inspire hope, creating the outlook that hope is always present in a cancer diagnosis.
Hope Blooms is an annual fundraiser that not only denotes both a sense of hope and resilience to our community, but directly supports local cancer patients and their families. Donors purchase daffodil bunches, daffodil arrangements, and potted daffodils as well as an annual mascot for individual display or as a gift of hope which are then delivered to cancer patients undergoing treatment at local hospitals and treatment facilities.
"As a cancer survivor, I wanted to bring others the inspiration that I had found in the Gifts of Hope while I was undergoing treatment...I enjoy volunteering at Gems of Hope because of the people with whom I work, and the joy of helping patients and caregivers."
-Pat Houar, Survivor and Gems Volunteer
Gems of Hope awarded 15 — $1,500 scholarships to Corridor high school seniors
A website designed for teens where they can share their stories and discuss their feelings in a safe, and moderated, space.
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