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.
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.
When you volunteer with Gems of Hope, you have a direct impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families. Join our team of caring and creative volunteers without whom we couldn't do what we love: inspiring hope in cancer patients and their families.
Virtual workshops are open to anyone interested in learning about and creating our Gifts of Hope. Whether it's your first time or your a seasoned pro, virtual workshop is an excellent way to meet new people, create one of a kind gifts for cancer patients, and share HOPE with your community.
2023 Hope Blooms Art Contest Winner
"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 $21,000 in scholarships to 16 high school and college students in the Corridor.
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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