HOPE BLOOMS 2023
Jan 2 - Feb 6, 2023
FLOWERAMA | 3135 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Hope Blooms is an annual fundraiser for Gems of Hope that not only denotes both a sense of hope and resilience to our community, but directly supports local cancer patients and their families. Looking back to 2008, Gems of Hope was given the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Daffodil Days fundraiser when the American Cancer Society made the decision to no longer host the fundraiser in the Corridor. As such, Gems recognized the importance of the fundraiser in our local community and created Hope Blooms. The framework of the activity remains true to the simplicity of the original concept; spread hope. In that way, the fundraiser consists of purchasing daffodil bunches, daffodil arrangements, and potted daffodils as well as an annual mascot. The daffodils are purchased for individual display or as a bouquet of hope which are then delivered to cancer patients undergoing treatment at local hospitals and treatment facilities. The annual mascot, a new cuddly stuffed animal each year, is purchased in the same manner, as a keepsake or as a gift for a child fighting cancer.
Daffodils are one of the first flowers of the spring which symbolize rejuvenation, hope and happiness for the future.
2023 Hope Blooms Art Contest Winner: Lynn Winkel
Lynn Winkel's piece "New Life" has won the 2023 Hope Blooms Art Contest by popular vote. Her artwork will be featured on the notecard available for purchase during the 2023 Hope Blooms campaign!
2024 Hope Blooms Art Contest Entry
Hi, I’m Jen Neumann, and I don’t have cancer.
But I’ve been on this journey with my mom, Judy, since her first diagnosis with breast cancer in 2017, which led to a second diagnosis of lung cancer. Chemo and radiation are daunting and terrifying regimens and she contemplated not undergoing treatment. Ultimately she did, and we made a pact that we would go to Italy when it was all over. It took a few years before she was healthy enough to travel. She took her first flight across the Atlantic with me and the most precious memory I have was the wonder, gratitude and inspiration on her face when she walked into the Michelango exhibit in the Uffizzi Museum in Florence.
Now our time is filled with appointments and hospice meetings. Her health is up and down, but hope is what gives her strength. To be frank, it’s not hope that her cancer can be cured or even controlled. It can’t, and it will take her life sooner than we like to think about. But hope that she can extend that time with family, that she can enjoy and bear witness to more milestones and that she will leave a lasting legacy. That is the hope that sustains her.
When you give up hope, cancer wins. And no one knows or delivers better on hope than Gems of Hope. That’s why I’m honored to support their work with the Hope Blooms Daffodil Sale this year. When we support those who bring hope, we give life and strength to those who fight cancer.
I’m in. Are you?
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