Hope Blooms 2021

Hope Blooms Jan 4 - Feb 9, 2021

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.

Our Mission

To bring hope to cancer patients and their families.

Our Vision

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

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.

Get Involved

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 you're 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.
"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

100,000

Gifts Donated

80,000

Volunteer Hours

2,000

Masks Donated

6,000

Volunteers

In 2020

Gems of Hope awarded 15 — $1,500 scholarships to Corridor high school seniors


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