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In 2017, Gems of Hope delivered happiness and sunshine on March 9th as its third annual Hope Blooms fundraising campaign came to an end. This year Gems delivered over 400 bouquets of daffodils to cancer patients in treatment in the area and nearly 400 Monkey Hugs to sick children in treatment. Additionally, nearly 36,000 daffodils were spread throughout the community as orders from local community members and businesses were filled. T-shirts and mini-potted daffodil plants were also part of the product suite offered by Gems, and those items will offer a more constant reminder of what the day is all about, which is allowing Gems to fulfill its mission of bringing hope to cancer patients and their families.
Hope Blooms Committee Chair Beth Hammell commented, “In our third year of Hope Blooms we are so pleased to continue the tradition of bringing sunshine and happiness to the community through daffodils. Daffodils represent a sign of spring, and for cancer patients particularly, a sign of hope. The support Gems receives from Hope Blooms funds all of the great programs and events we do throughout the year. We can’t thank our sponsors, and the community, enough for helping us make this fundraiser a success.”
The 2016 Hope Blooms presenting sponsor is the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center. Other sponsors include; Mercy Medical Center, Van Meter, General Mills, The Ghosh Center, Radiation Oncology of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, U of I Community Credit Union, and Clark’s Health Mart Pharmacy, Nations Financial Group. In-kind service providers include Peck’s Flower Shop and Garden Center, J&A Printing, Kirkwood Horticultural Department, Tallgrass Business Resources, Lamar Advertising, KCRG Show You Care and The Gazette.