Your donation will directly support the programs at Gems of Hope!
All programs are guided by our mission to bring hope to cancer patients and their families.
Our key programs include:
Workshops- Community volunteers gather to create handmade inspirational cards and keepsake tokens which are delivered to local cancer patients while they are receiving treatment.
What About Us? - Half-day kids camp offered three times a year for children ages 5-12 with a loved one's cancer diagnosis in the family. Facilitated by a social worker, activities are designed to help the children express their feelings and offer tools to help them strengthen resilience factors.
Cancerreallysucks.org website - A website designed for teens where they can share their stories and discuss their feelings in a safe, and moderated, space.
Pages For Hope Resource Libraries - Area school districts' media centers are supplied with age-appropriate cancer-related books for children.
Gift of Education – A scholarship program for high school seniors impacted by cancer (themselves or an immediate family member).
Youth Advisory Board (YAB) - Our youth advisory board is comprised of high school students from area schools. Their focus is on developing our youth-related programs and events, along with cultivating a higher level of engagement in Gems from the adolescent community through volunteerism. The YAB group is also heavily involved with content creation for our Cancer Really Sucks website.